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    Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    Media hype about mass shootings in America has fostered a myth that the killings are on the rise and that an assault weapon ban, expanded background checks and greater attention to the mentally ill will curb a rampaging epidemic, according to an authoritative and exhaustive study by a noted criminologist.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.
    “Public discourse is grounded in myth and misunderstanding about the nature of the offense and those who perpetrate it,” he writes in the journal “Homicide Studies.” He added: “Without minimizing the pain and suffering of the hundreds of those who have been victimized in recent attacks, the facts clearly say that there has been no increase in mass shootings and certainly no epidemic.

    The study debunks several proposals aired from
    President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting aimed at stopping mass killings. While he said any plan is worth trying, he concluded that short of abolishing the Second Amendment, there is little that can be done.

    Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings | WashingtonExaminer.com
    Hmmm...NO RISE in mass shootings...Now I wonder why we would have been lied to? Oh yeah, that's right...agendas....
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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    This seems like one of those times when bias and agenda are going to allow you to see stats that support your argument. For instance
    The yearly average of mass shootings has tripled from an average of five per year between the years of 2000 and 2008, the attorney general said. At least 12 mass shootings have taken place in 2013.

    From 2009 to 2012, 404 people were shot and 207 killed, according to the US Department of Justice. From 2000 to 2008, 324 people were shot and 145 were killed.
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    I was looking at a mass shooting index site and you can set criteria a number of ways. This included number of victims, number of deaths ect. Numbers don't lie, but you can surely manipulate the criteria to make them tell a different story.
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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    so let's put more controls on handguns. Works for me.

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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    US Mass Shootings, 1982-2012: Data From Mother Jones' Investigation | Mother Jones

    Here is another site tracking mass shootings. between 2007 and 2013 27 mass shootings. 2000-2006 there were 9. According to this site. Bet I can find others with different numbers too.
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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    so let's put more controls on handguns. Works for me.
    I got one. If you support gun control then you cannot own guns.

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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    so let's put more controls on handguns. Works for me.
    No. That is not a good idea. There's way to many anti-liberty unconstitutional gun control law on the books already.

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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    No. That is not a good idea. There's way to many anti-liberty unconstitutional gun control law on the books already.
    Then guess ex-cops will keep shooting people who are texting in movie theaters.

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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    why not ban guns for ex cops who plan on shooting people in movie theaters over texting? Problem solved.
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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    Maybe if there was a law banning people from killing others with guns?

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    re: Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings[W:20]

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    so let's put more controls on handguns. Works for me.
    The point of the article was that mass shootings have not risen, and there are not more of these incidents happening, contrary to the hysterical ranting of the anti gun nuts out there.
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