Skip to comments.Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings
Posted on 01/15/2014 5:34:37 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
Instead, according to James Alan Fox, author and criminology professor at Northeastern University, mass shootings have remained stagnant over 34 years, averaging 20 a year, and few were committed by the type of berserk psychos portrayed by the media.
e addressed 10 myths fostered by the press. Key among them:
Mass shootings are on the rise. He used FBI statistics and found they have long averaged in the 20s per year, rarely going over 25.
Video games play a role. The study found no link between video games and expanded violence, and blamed the media and lawmakers for using the entertainment industry as a convenient scapegoat.
Profiling will help catch killers before they act. The study found that most are white and about 30 years old, characteristics that are fairly prevalent in the general society.
Expanded background checks will stop killers from getting guns. The study cites a study from former New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs Mayors Against Illegal Guns that in 93 recent mass shootings, the gun buyers didnt have a criminal or mental health record. People cannot be denied their Second Amendment rights just because they look strange or act in an odd manner, wrote Fox and DeLateur.
An assault weapons ban would work. They found that the typical weapon used is a pistol, not an assault weapon like the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. Assault weapons were used in 24.6 percent of mass shootings, handguns in 47.9 percent. And limiting the size of magazines weapons can carry wouldnt help, they said, because any ban would impact new sales and there is an ample supply of large capacity magazines already in circulation.
Criminology scholars debunk 11 myths about mass murder in a special issue of Homicide Studies
There was a study about 20 years ago about weapons used in mass shootings to that point. The survival rate for victims of attacks with either handguns or “assault weapons” was relatively high, I believe above 50%. The survival rate for shotguns was very low.
Our gov’t defines a mass killing as an event where 4 or more people, beside the perp, are killed.
That means that the vast majority of murders could be done with a 5 shot revolver.
A 0.73 bore tends to put LARGE holes in things.
A paper target first used for 22LR can easily be used again for 12 ga.
Or a dozen or so medium sized holes. Very hard for surgeons to treat even if they make it to an ER.
I have seen statements to the effect that handgun wounds cause death in about 33% of shootings and that shotgun wounds result in death in about 72% of shootings. The biggest factor is bleed-out in the instance of shotgun wounds.
My favorite is libs spinning out over 50 cals. First, a mere handful of people can operate one at high range with any accuracy. Trained snipers and hardcore enthusiasts and about no one else.
And fewer still can afford one or be inclined to use one for evil.
Now a 30.06 scoped deer rifle is easily obtained, easier to learn to use at range and damn deadly. But there are lots of those owned by hunters. Hmmmmm...
So the more dangerousin more real world situations gun in more hands is OK since it’s a harder sell to strip them from hunters...who are always held up as the people they do not want to take guns from.
Suddenly a large consistency problem appears!
according to James Alan Fox, author and criminology professor at Northeastern University, mass shootings have remained stagnant over 34 years, averaging 20 a year, and few were committed by the type of berserk psychos portrayed by the mediaThanks Para-Ord.45.
no kidding. i believe the real reason was to discourage pot grow farmers from taking out the spotter aircraft looking for them.