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Mass shootings aren’t more frequent _ but they are deadlier

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ATLANTA — It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren’t, but they have been getting deadlier.

In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.

But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening will get few answers. Is it is the wide availability of firearms? Is it the

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Mass shootings aren’t more frequent _ but they are deadlier – ABC …

It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren’t, but they have been getting deadlier.

In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.

But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening will get few answers. Is it is the wide availability of firearms? Is it the much-maligned “assault weapon” with its military style? Is it a failing mental health system?

“We’re kind of grabbing at straws at this point in terms of trying to understand why the severity of these incidents has increased,” said Grant Duwe, a criminologist who

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Mass shootings aren’t more frequent _ but they are deadlier

It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren’t, but they have been getting deadlier.

In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.

But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening will get few answers. Is it is the wide availability of firearms? Is it the much-maligned “assault weapon” with its military style? Is it a failing mental health system?

“We’re kind of grabbing at straws at this point in terms of trying to understand why the severity of these incidents has increased,” said Grant Duwe, a criminologist who

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/mass-shootings-frequent-deadlier-51721717

2017 deemed deadliest year for mass shootings in modern US history

As a new year inches closer, Americans reflect on the devastating events that made 2017 the deadliest year of mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

According to Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that continuously tracks gun-related death and injury reports based on official records, there have been 328 mass shootings in America in 2017 alone.

And even more daunting — two of the five deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history occurred in the span of just 35 days.

Las Vegas massacre: October 1, 2017

On October 1, 2017, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on 22,000 people at a country music festival from his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The attack, which left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured, marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The death toll surpassed the Orlando

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Mass shootings spur Colorado woman to lead community in paper crane art collaboration

Every time another mass shooting happens, the suspects’ photos take over TV screens and newspaper front pages. Their names are on radio shows, in college classrooms, and on people’s minds around the world. They seem to blend together to form a singular mask of evil, indistinguishable from one another.

Except when it’s a name you know.

Elise Bergsten faced that reality on Halloween night, 2015 when 33-year-old Noah Harpham, the son of a family friend, walked down a quiet downtown Colorado Springs sidewalk and went on a killing rampage. Caught in the deadly crosshairs were two mothers and a man riding his bicycle.

Elise struggled to find answers and found herself asking a familiar question: Why?

Instead of an answer, more questions came; just 13 days later, two more tragedies unfolded that stunned the world. In Paris, gunmen opened fire at the Bataclan Theater, killing

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Searching for Motives in Mass Shootings

By all accounts, mass
shootings
are now claiming more American lives than at any other point in the past
thirty-five years. The most recent, on the morning of November 14th, in
Rancho Tehama, California, left five victims and the shooter dead and
twelve wounded, including six children. Data indicates that mass
shootings are contagious and
predictable,
and that many killers share certain features—notably, as in the case of
the shooting earlier this month at a church in Sutherland Springs,
Texas, a history of domestic
violence
. The Journal of the American Medical Association

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If you think mass shootings are becoming more frequent, and worse — you’re right

These days, it seems as if mass shootings in the U.S. are occurring with increasing frequency and producing ever higher death tolls.

Did we say “seems”? Actually, that impression is the truth. William P. Gardner has compiled the data in graph form, and they show a distinct increase in the frequency of mass killings — or, to put it another way, a steady decrease in the number of days between mass shootings.

Gardner is an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa who blogs frequently at the Incidental Economist, an indispensable health policy website. He based his most recent post there on a roster of mass shootings produced by my colleagues here at The Times on Oct. 2, the day after the Las Vegas massacre, which took the lives of 58 spectators at a country music festival and injured more than 500 others.

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A mass shooting researcher discusses how a shooter’s history can push people to commit mass killings.
USA TODAY

When Devin Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5 and shot and killed 26 people, it became the 308th mass shooting of 2017 in the United States. It came four weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, when Stephen Paddock killed 59 people from a 32nd-floor hotel room above an open-air country music concert.

Since the Sutherland Springs shooting, there have been more than

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Fighting a contagion: public mass shootings

AUSTIN — Survivors’ reports tell the tale of a seven-minute massacre that left 26 dead in a Texas church last Sunday, but explaining how a mass-shooting virus came to plague the nation is another story.

A Mother Jones spreadsheet lists 38 U.S. incidents in which which four or more victims since 2012, with the five deadliest since 2007.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Beaufeld, Texas, is now the biggest mass killer in Texas history.

He massacred 26 men, woman and children at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during last Sunday’s service.

He obtained the semi-automatic rifle used in the carnage despite an assault conviction and military prison sentence that should have prevented their purchase.

But the offenses were never entered into the national background check registry due to an oversight by the Air Force, from which Kelley was discharged for “bad behavior” in 2014.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Wednesday criticized

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America’s mass shootings: going out in a blaze of twisted glory

Monday in San Antonio, Texas, was supposed to be an evening of celebration for the city’s priests. Yet when the clergy gathered in the city’s San Fernando Cathedral there were no hymns of joy and belonging. Instead they sat together in shocked silence. Candles flickered in tribute to the 26 churchgoers who had been slaughtered in last Sunday’s attack at the First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller gave a sermon. “This has to end,” he demanded. “The shooter certainly had a mental health problem and horrific acts of violence certainly can occur anywhere in the world. However, we cannot deny in all honesty that there is a distinct trend of violence in our country with unique characteristics.”

The most shocking thing…

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