New research on mass shootings shows no increase in frequency, assault weapon use rare


Chris Eger
Guns.com
January 17, 2014

A recently completed study at Northeastern University finds that many of the ‘facts’ circulated by gun control groups about mass shootings in the US are far from it. In fact, the study contends that mass murders rarely use ‘assault weapons,’ cannot be prevented with background checks and gun bans, and that the rates of these shootings as well as their toll is not increasing.

The 22-page study, entitled Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown was compiled by criminology professor James Alan Fox and Monica J. DeLateur. In the study, the two smash a number of gun myths through hard statistical work. Without taking funds from either side in the argument, the work is impartial.

Addressing the popular myth that mass murderers ‘snap and kill indiscriminately’, the study contends that many recent events are very carefully planned out far in advance. Further, instead of being without motivation, five specific causes are mentioned with revenge being ‘by far, the most commonplace’.

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