And yet those who study mass shootings say they are not becoming more common.
"There is no pattern, there is no increase," says criminologist James Allen Fox of Boston's Northeastern University, who has been studying the subject since the 1980s, spurred by a rash of mass shootings in post offices.
The random mass shootings that get the most media attention are the rarest, Fox says. Most people who die of bullet wounds knew the identity of their killer. Society moves on, he says, because of our ability to distance ourselves from the horror of the day, and because people believe that these tragedies are "one of the unfortunate prices we pay for our freedoms."
Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass murders in America, said that while mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s. And mass killings actually reached their peak in 1929, according to his data. He estimates that there were 32 in the 1980s, 42 in the 1990s and 26 in the first decade of the century.
Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, he says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.
the article is very interesting and makes a good point at the end. that there is no rise in mass killings, just a rise in reporting them. and thankfully, a rise in ppl who are fighting to end this kind of pain. hopefully, this can quell some of our fears.Answer Question
Answer by Dardenella at 12:43 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by Hollyhock. at 2:02 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
If you look at other societies it will tell you that this society of ours is the only one with a repetitive patterns of mass killings, others have availability of guns and this does not happen as often. True the media dwells on it too much, but it is a way of dealing with the grief....
Answer by older at 8:14 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
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Answer by Anonymous at 10:48 AM on Dec. 16, 2012