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Are mass shootings becoming more common in United States?
by jcrew6
January 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Survey says... NO



Mass shootings are not growing in frequency, experts say

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....

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.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/rise-mass-killings-impact-huge-article-1.1221062#ixzz2HcrcxFsD




In a more recent column,  Fox argued that "if it seems like these dreadful crimes are occurring more frequently, it is really the immediacy and pervasiveness of media coverage that creates the impression. And thanks to state-of-the-art technology, it can feel as though the tragedy happened in your own backyard." Duwe has addressed the media coverage too, pointing out in a2005 paper that mass murders in the 1920s and '30s were more likely to take place within families or during the commission of another felony. These are not the kinds of killings that tend to attract a high level of press attention.


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  • DSamuels
    January 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM
    I saw the numbers on this on O'Reilly a few weeks ago. Very interesting.

    People say crime, kidnappings, etc happen much more now when these crimes are actually down. I think it's part of the 24/7 cable news that run the stories non-stop.
  • jcrew6
    by jcrew6
    January 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I agree.  Then you have nightly and weekend news (NBC, abc, CBS) making a crisis out of selective things and here we are.

    Quoting DSamuels:

    I saw the numbers on this on O'Reilly a few weeks ago. Very interesting.

    People say crime, kidnappings, etc happen much more now when these crimes are actually down. I think it's part of the 24/7 cable news that run the stories non-stop.


  • grandmab125
    January 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I, too, think it has a lot to do with instant access to these stories.  In the old days, say the20's and 30's, you probably didn't hear about some guy blasting away his family outside of the local and state wide papers.  Now some one will pick up that story and within minutes of it happening, it's all over the net.....tv stations can have helicopters there within 1/2 hour too.

    But, I also blame all of the violence in movies and video games and the music kids listen to these days.  I think it makes kids become insensitive to it......like it's really not real.  And when someone is really mentally ill, they know their name is going down in infamy as the guy "who" killed "..........".  They want to go out in a blaze.

  • erika9009
    January 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I don't think they happen more, we just hear about them more becasue news channels are more entertainment channels now a days.   

    We here on CM, FB, and twitter are guilty too.  So, to prevent these murderers from getting any fame, DO NOT use there name, and don't call them "shooters".  THEY ARE MURDERERS, period.

  • SallyMJ
    by SallyMJ
    January 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Oops. An inconvenient truth.

  • Fields456
    January 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM
    I agree along with the Internet and social networking talking about these things


    Quoting DSamuels:

    I saw the numbers on this on O'Reilly a few weeks ago. Very interesting.



    People say crime, kidnappings, etc happen much more now when these crimes are actually down. I think it's part of the 24/7 cable news that run the stories non-stop.

  • GirlWithANikon
    January 12, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Im taking an American Criminal Justice class. School shootings have actually been on a steady decline believe it or not. In fact, a lot fo crime we think is rising, they say is stalling. Its nuts. They blame the media.

  • sweet-a-kins
    January 12, 2013 at 8:49 AM
    Violent crime in general is down

    Even though people have tried to say it was up

    For example, in AZ to pass a racist anti immigrant law, the politicians there as well as the right wing pointed to rising violent crime

    Except its the lowest it's been in about 50 ears.

    Seems Fox has taken both sides of this issue

  • mommom2000
    January 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Time Line of Worldwide School and Mass Shootings

    The following table lists the worldwide mass and school shootings from 1996 to the present. Find the date, location, and a short description of each incident.

    Feb. 2, 1996
    Moses Lake, Wash.
    Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.
    March 13, 1996
    Dunblane, Scotland
    16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. 10 others wounded in attack.
    Feb. 19, 1997
    Bethel, Alaska
    Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.
    March 1997
    Sanaa, Yemen
    Eight people (six students and two others) at two schools killed by Mohammad Ahman al-Naziri.
    Oct. 1, 1997
    Pearl, Miss.
    Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.
    Dec. 1, 1997
    West Paducah, Ky.
    Three students killed, five wounded by Michael Carneal, 14, as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath High School.
    Dec. 15, 1997
    Stamps, Ark.
    Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods when he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.
    March 24, 1998
    Jonesboro, Ark.
    Four students and one teacher killed, ten others wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shot at their classmates and teachers from the woods.
    April 24, 1998
    Edinboro, Pa.
    One teacher, John Gillette, killed, two students wounded at a dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged.
    May 19, 1998
    Fayetteville, Tenn.
    One student killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County High School three days before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.
    May 21, 1998
    Springfield, Ore.
    Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home.
    June 15, 1998
    Richmond, Va.
    One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway.
    April 20, 1999
    Littleton, Colo.
    14 students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23 others wounded at Columbine High School in the nation's deadliest school shooting. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.
    April 28, 1999
    Taber, Alberta, Canada
    One student killed, one wounded at W. R. Myers High School in first fatal high school shooting in Canada in 20 years. The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, had dropped out of school after he was severely ostracized by his classmates.
    May 20, 1999
    Conyers, Ga.
    Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon, 15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.
    Nov. 19, 1999
    Deming, N.M.
    Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shot and killed Araceli Tena, 13, in the lobby of Deming Middle School.
    Dec. 6, 1999
    Fort Gibson, Okla.
    Four students wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at Fort Gibson Middle School.
    Dec. 7, 1999
    Veghel, Netherlands
    One teacher and three students wounded by a 17-year-old student.
    Feb. 29, 2000
    Mount Morris Township, Mich.
    Six-year-old Kayla Rolland shot dead at Buell Elementary School near Flint, Mich. The assailant was identified as a six-year-old boy with a .32-caliber handgun.
    March 2000
    Branneburg, Germany
    One teacher killed by a 15-year-old student, who then shot himself. The shooter has been in a coma ever since.
    March 10, 2000
    Savannah, Ga.
    Two students killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School.
    May 26, 2000
    Lake Worth, Fla.
    One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School by Nate Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.
    Sept. 26, 2000
    New Orleans, La.
    Two students wounded with the same gun during a fight at Woodson Middle School.
    Jan. 17, 2001
    Baltimore, Md.
    One student shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton Eastern High School.
    Jan. 18, 2001
    Jan, Sweden
    One student killed by two boys, ages 17 and 19.
    March 5, 2001
    Santee, Calif.
    Two killed and 13 wounded by Charles Andrew Williams, 15, firing from a bathroom at Santana High School.
    March 7, 2001
    Williamsport, Pa.
    Elizabeth Catherine Bush, 14, wounded student Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School; she was depressed and frequently teased.
    March 22, 2001
    Granite Hills, Calif.
    One teacher and three students wounded by Jason Hoffman, 18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman.
    March 30, 2001
    Gary, Ind.
    One student killed by Donald R. Burt, Jr., a 17-year-old student who had been expelled from Lew Wallace High School.
    Nov. 12, 2001
    Caro, Mich.
    Chris Buschbacher, 17, took two hostages at the Caro Learning Center before killing himself.
    Jan. 15, 2002
    New York, N.Y.
    A teenager wounded two students at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.
    Feb. 19, 2002
    Freising, Germany
    Two killed in Eching by a man at the factory from which he had been fired; he then traveled to Freising and killed the headmaster of the technical school from which he had been expelled. He also wounded another teacher before killing himself.
    April 26, 2002
    Erfurt, Germany
    13 teachers, two students, and one policeman killed, ten wounded by Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, at the Johann Gutenberg secondary school. Steinhaeuser then killed himself.
    April 29, 2002
    Vlasenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina
    One teacher killed, one wounded by Dragoslav Petkovic, 17, who then killed himself.
    October 28, 2002
    Tucson, Ariz.
    Robert S. Flores Jr., 41, a student at the nursing school at the University of Arizona, shot and killed three female professors and then himself.
    April 14, 2003
    New Orleans, La.
    One 15-year-old killed, and three students wounded at John McDonogh High School by gunfire from four teenagers (none were students at the school). The motive was gang-related.
    April 24, 2003
    Red Lion, Pa.
    James Sheets, 14, killed principal Eugene Segro of Red Lion Area Junior High School before killing himself.
    Sept. 24, 2003
    Cold Spring, Minn.
    Two students are killed at Rocori High School by John Jason McLaughlin, 15.
    Sept. 28, 2004
    Carmen de Patagones, Argentina
    Three students killed and 6 wounded by a 15-year-old Argentininan student in a town 620 miles south of Buenos Aires.
    March 21, 2005
    Red Lake, Minn.
    Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived at school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.
    Nov. 8, 2005
    Jacksboro, Tenn.
    One 15-year-old shot and killed an assistant principal at Campbell County High School and seriously wounded two other administrators.
    Aug. 24, 2006
    Essex, Vt.
    Christopher Williams, 27, looking for his ex-girlfriend at Essex Elementary School, shot two teachers, killing one and wounding another. Before going to the school, he had killed the ex-girlfriend's mother.
    Sept. 13, 2006
    Montreal, Canada
    Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at Dawson College. Anastasia De Sousa, 18, died and more than a dozen students and faculty were wounded before Gill killed himself.
    Sept. 27, 2006
    Bailey, Colo.
    Adult male held six students hostage at Platte Canyon High School and then shot and killed Emily Keyes, 16, and himself.
    Sept. 29, 2006
    Cazenovia, Wis.
    A 15-year-old student shot and killed Weston School principal John Klang.
    Oct. 3, 2006
    Nickel Mines, Pa.
    32-year-old Carl Charles Roberts IV entered the one-room West Nickel Mines Amish School and shot 10 schoolgirls, ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old, and then himself. Five of the girls and Roberts died.
    Jan. 3, 2007
    Tacoma, Wash.
    Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, shot fellow student Samnang Kok, 17, in the hallway of Henry Foss High School.
    April 16, 2007
    Blacksburg, Va.
    A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom building. His suicide brought the death toll to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in U.S. history. Fifteen others were wounded.
    Sept. 21, 2007
    Dover, Del.
    A Delaware State Univesity Freshman, Loyer D. Brandon, shot and wounded two other Freshman students on the University campus. Brandon is being charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless engagement, as well as a gun charge.
    Oct. 10, 2007
    Cleveland, Ohio
    A 14-year-old student at a Cleveland high school, Asa H. Coon, shot and injured two students and two teachers before he shot and killed himself. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening.
    Nov. 7, 2007
    Tuusula, Finland
    An 18-year-old student in southern Finland shot and killed five boys, two girls, and the female principal at Jokela High School. At least 10 others were injured. The gunman shot himself and died from his wounds in the hospital.
    Feb. 8, 2008
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    A nursing student shot and killed two women and then herself in a classroom at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge.
    Feb. 11, 2008
    Memphis, Tennessee
    A 17-year-old student at Mitchell High School shot and wounded a classmate in gym class.
    Feb. 12, 2008
    Oxnard, California
    A 14-year-old boy shot a student at E.O. Green Junior High School causing the 15-year-old victim to be brain dead.
    Feb. 14, 2008
    DeKalb, Illinois
    Gunman killed five students and then himself, and wounded 17 more when he opened fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University. The gunman, Stephen P. Kazmierczak, was identified as a former graduate student at the university in 2007.
    Sept. 23, 2008
    Kauhajoki, Finland
    A 20-year-old male student shot and killed at least nine students and himself at a vocational college in Kauhajok, 330km (205 miles) north of the capital, Helsinki.
    Nov. 12, 2008
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    A 15-year-old female student was shot and killed by a classmate at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.
    March 11, 2009
    Winnenden, Germany
    Fifteen people were shot and killed at Albertville Technical High School in southwestern Germany by a 17-year-old boy who attended the same school.
    April 30, 2009
    Azerbaijan, Baku
    A Georgian citizen of Azerbaijani descent killed 12 students and staff at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. Several others were wounded.
    Feb. 5, 2010
    Madison, Alabama
    At Discovery Middle School, a ninth-grader was shot by another student during a class change. The boy, whose name was not released, pulled out a gun and shot Todd Brown in the head while walking the hallway. Brown later died at Huntsville Hospital.
    Feb. 12, 2010
    Huntsville, Alabama
    During a meeting on campus, Amy Bishop, a biology professor, began shot her colleagues, killing three and wounding three others. A year earlier, Bishop had been denied tenure.
    March 9, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    A man opens fire at Ohio State University, killing two employees and wounding one other. The shooter had recently received an "unsatisfactory" job evaluation and was going to be fired on March 13.
    Jan. 5, 2011
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Two people were killed and two more injured in a shooting at Millard South High School. Shortly after being suspended from school, the shooter returned and shot the assistant principal, principal, and the school nurse. The shooter then left campus and took his own life.
    Jan. 8, 2011
    Tuscon, Arizona
    Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt. At least 17 others are shot by a gunman, identified as Jared Lee Loughner, who opened fire on the congresswoman's constituent meeting outside a local grocery store. Six people are fatally wounded, including U.S. District Court Judge John Roll, and a young girl.
    Jan. 5, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Two people opened fire during a Worthing High School powder-puff football game. One former student died. Five other people were injured.
    April 7, 2011
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    A 23-year-old former student returned to his public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro and began firing, killing 12 children and seriously wounding more than a dozen others, before shooting himself in the head. While Brazil has seen gang-related violence in urban areas, this was the worst school shooting the country has ever seen.
    May 10, 2011
    San Jose, California
    Three people were killed in a parking garage at San Jose State University. Two former students were found dead on the fifth floor of the garage. A third, the suspected shooter, died later at the hospital.
    July 22, 2011
    Tyrifjorden, Buskerud, Norway
    A gunman disguised as a policeman opened fire at a camp for young political activists on the island of Utoya. The gunman kills 68 campers, including personal friends of Prime Minister Stoltenberg. Police arrested Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian who had been been linked to an anti-Islamic group.
    Dec. 8, 2011
    Blacksburg, Virginia
    A Virginia Tech police officer was shot and killed by a 22-year old student of Radford University. The shooting took place in a parking lot on Virginia Tech's campus.
    Feb. 10, 2012
    Walpole, New Hampshire
    A 14-year-old student shot himself in front of 70 fellow students.
    Feb. 27, 2012
    Chardon, Ohio
    At Chardon High School, a former classmate opened fire, killing three students and injuring six. Arrested shortly after the incident, the shooter said that he randomly picked students.
    March 6, 2012
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Shane Schumerth, a 28-year-old teacher at Episcopal High School, returned to the campus after being fired and shot and killed the headmistress, Dale Regan, with an assault rifle.
    March 19, 2012
    Toulouse, France
    Mohammed Merah, a French man of Algerian descent, shot and killed a rabbi, two of his children, and another child at a Jewish school. Police believe he had earlier shot and killed three paratroopers. Merah said he was a member of Al Qaeda and that he was seeking revenge for the killing of Palestinian children.
    April 2, 2012
    Oakland, Calif.
    One Goh, a 43-year-old former student at Oikos University, a Christian school populated by mostly Korean and Korean-Americans, opened fire on the campus, killing seven people and wounding several others.
    July 20, 2012
    Aurora, Colo.
    During a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman opens fire on the crowded theater. At least 12 people are killed and 38 others are wounded. The suspect, James Holmes, set off a smoke device in the front of the theater before opening fire. Directly after the incident, Holmes, age 24, was arrested in a parking lot behind the theater.
    August 5, 2012
    Oak Creek, Wis.
    A gunman opens fire at a Sikh temple, killing six people and wounding three. Police shot and killed the suspect, Wade Michael Page, after the attack. Page, a neo-Nazi, served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1998.
    December 11, 2012
    Portland, Ore.
    Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, opened fire in the Clackamas Town Center mall, located 11 miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. Using an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, Roberts killed two people and wounded one other. He then took his own life.
    December 14, 2012
    Newtown, Conn.
    Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children and six others at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed his mother, Nancy, at her home prior to the massacre at the school. Lanza committed suicide after the rampage. The shooting was the second deadliest in U.S. history, behind the 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute that claimed 32 people.



    Read more: Time Line of Worldwide School Shootings - Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777958.html#ixzz2Hm45RlUO

  • PinkButterfly66
    January 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Mass shooting in schools, yes.  In theaters, yes.  In shopping malls, yes.  

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