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Facts about Mass Shootings

by Iron Fist ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines at December 17th, 2012 - 8:04 am

From John Fund, at NRO:

A few things you won’t hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre:

Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.

In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.

The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.

Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.

Almost all of the public-policy discussion about Newtown has focused on a debate over the need for more gun control. In reality, gun control in a country that already has 200 million privately owned firearms is likely to do little to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. We would be better off debating two taboo subjects — the laws that make it difficult to control people with mental illness and the growing body of evidence that “gun-free” zones, which ban the carrying of firearms by law-abiding individuals, don’t work.

As always, read the whole thing. This is very interesting:

Lott offers a final damning statistic: “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”

This is not surprising. The derranged individuals who carry out these types of things aren’t looking to go out in a shootout with armed citizens. They are trying to kill as many unarmed victims as they can. MOre gun control laws will exacerbate the problem. As with free speech, the answer to those who abuse weapons is more armed victims.

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  1. 1 | December 17, 2012 9:14 am

    In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

    1929, the height of prohibition.


  2. 2 | December 17, 2012 9:31 am

    @ Rodan:
    Yep, and you can bet that these killings, some of them at any rate, were alcohol related. Prohibition, whether of guns or drugs or whatever, rarely accomplishes any good.


  3. 3 | December 17, 2012 9:43 am

    every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”

    It has been pointed out that in the Aurora “Batman” shooting, the killer didn’t go to any of the theaters showing the Batman movie near his home to do his evil work — he went to the ONE theater which did not permit concealed carry holders to bring their weapons.


  4. taxfreekiller
    4 | December 17, 2012 9:57 am

    Its just me.

    The current and past leaders of the Democrat Party / “The Left”, in America operate with the liberal mental disorders we all know about. Now that group has been in action long enough in positions of power in the U.S. to have enabled comming mutiple generations of crazy shooters like these recent and for them to operate freely without any controls together with ever growing lethal mental disorders.

    The left, Democrats now to the same as always, these leaders of the liberals/Democrat Party misdirect and blame guns and or via stealth msm finger pointing find fault in conservatives,,, in order to blame guns. Never ever looking within, always with the blame game, seeking more and more power.

    They may as well blame “birth” as in their sick minds and world view, birth enables a human, who may at some time in life own a “GUN”,,, which if you just take a look at their position on abortions, they are in fact getting there now, just give them more time at the risk of our lives and freedom.


  5. 5 | December 17, 2012 11:14 am

    @ taxfreekiller:

    TFK -- they also never, ever point to the situations where the fact that someone was able to carry a weapon resulted in the saving of life. It’s not part of the agenda.

    What would the left do, for instance, if this evil man had walked into the classroom with a bomb vest instead of guns?


  6. 6 | December 17, 2012 2:30 pm

    Lott offers a final damning statistic: “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”

    And in that instance, inexplicably, the Sheriff and each of his deputies provided security at the event sans firearms. It was a private citizen with a gun who had to run a couple of blocks in order to engage Loughner that finally put an end to that tragedy. Had the Sheriff been properly armed, much of that tragedy would have been averted.


  7. lobo91
    7 | December 17, 2012 2:44 pm

    Not to blame the victim or anything, but if any single person bears responsibility in the CT school shooting (aside from the shooter, of course) it appears to have been the mother.

    From what I’ve been hearing, all the guns used belonged to her, and she actually bought them because the son was interested in shooting. She saw it as a way to engage him.

    That, in and of itself, is perfectly fine. The problem is that she apparently didn’t have them properly secured within the home. As an instructor, I talk about security of firearms several times during my classes. Everyone’s situation is different, of course. I live alone (aside from Leia, who lacks thumbs), so it’s less of a concern for me. Someone who has children in the home, and particularly one with behavioral issues, has a duty to keep their guns locked up.


  8. taxfreekiller
    8 | December 21, 2012 11:41 am

    Iron F

    This just came to me during a read of some anit gun nut talking up high capiticy guns ect.

    Fact is,,, Chicago is now a “hoodlum” operated “gun range” with humans as the random targets.

    An free of charge.


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