Statistics Don’t Show an Increase in Mass Shootings But the Narrative Marches On

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It’s almost as if the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex and the media — but I repeat myself — has a vested interest in selling the narrative that mass shootings happen all the time.

The horrific mass killings in El Paso and Dayton have understandably inspired terror in America and calls for expanded gun control, predictive policing, and mental health interventions designed to reduce violence.

But Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, the leading researcher on the topic for the past 35 years, tells Reason, “There is no evidence that we are in the midst of an epidemic of mass shootings.” The number of incidents and casualties are simply too small to make such claims and, he stresses, the media coverage of shootings often ends up creating a false sense that gun violence—which is at or near historic lows—is ubiquitous and growing.

– Nick Gillespie in James Alan Fox: There Is No Evidence of an ‘Epidemic of Mass Shootings’

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