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Are Mass Shootings Becoming More Frequent?

June 22, 2015  | 

Between a 2011 shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., that left four people dead and the 2013 attack on the Washington Navy Yard where 12 people were killed, a mass shooting occurred somewhere in America once every 64 days, on average.

In the preceding 29 years, such shootings occurred on average every 200 days, according to an analysis by researchers from Harvard University's School of Public Health and Northeastern University.

The study defined a mass shooting as an outbreak of firearms violence in which four or more victims were killed and the shooter was unknown to most of his victims, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/22/2015 4:33 PM

Mass shootings are becoming more frequent because of the general attitude by various groups that its ok to go ahead and kill police. Until something is done to show these individuals that its not tolerated it will continue. And no its not the Gun's fault. The gun can't fire until a perp pulls the trigger. Bring back capital punishment to all states and them carry it out. I know, thats wishful thinking.

Paul Laska @ 6/22/2015 4:48 PM

I don't have the references in front of me, but the study referred to by the LATimes was long ago shown to befraudulent in its methodology. Perhaps one of John Lott's reports...

jim davenport @ 6/22/2015 4:49 PM

Your own article answers the question. It can be anywhere and at any time and sadly, it will happen again soon.

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