New York magazine’s “Science of Us” has revealed a study by a criminologist at Northeastern University which shows that mass shootings are not on the rise.

James Alan Fox has tracked mass-shootings of four or more fatalities spanning from 1976 through 2012. The data shows a steady rate of incidents as well as victims over that 36 year period — no upward trend whatsoever.

Fox says that even if you change the data set to three victims, the result would be the same. “There isn’t even any upswing in the number of school shooting victims,” the article states.

Despite public outcry on social media and 24/7 media coverage lamenting that America is headed to hell in a hand basket, the evidence shows that America is no more violent than it has ever been and mass shootings aren’t the new normal.

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