For the Record… There Is No Rise in Mass Killings in US

A woman leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut December 15, 2012. (Reuters)

According to FOX News Sunday there have been 13 mass shootings in the United States this year. Yet, despite these recent mass shootings in Aurora and Wisconsin and Connecticut, there is no rise in mass killings in the United States according to a prominent criminologist.
WAFF reported, via Free Republic:

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.

Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, he says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.

Still, he understands the public perception – and extensive media coverage – when mass shootings occur in places like malls and schools. “There is this feeling that could have been me. It makes it so much more frightening.”

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  • airon-later

    The way that you and others are deemphasizing the reality of what happened on Friday is disgusting beyond all comprehension. Get your facts straight you ignorant buffoon.

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  • Carbon Pootprint

    The way the pedophile progressives in Hollywood and the progressive financial terrorist in New York (and those who rely on them for a living) are trying to disarm America is “disgusting beyond all comprehension”. So what else are these traitors planning on doing to us?

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Hey, airhead is back with its usual non seuitur. Of course mass murder isn’t on the rise, just agenda-driven twinks like airhead. Welcome to zippyville—forward and over the cliff. LIB!

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157


  • airon-later

    Who said anything about disarming America? Once again, you people attempt to frame a narrative that simply isn’t there. Proper background checks, education, training, registration, and even requiring insurance for weapons is what is needed.

  • Big Ed

    Yeah. Mother Jones is a definitive source. Bet you gets your news from Jon Stewart and Colbert. Typical pop culture useful idiot. Go look up that phrase between reading about Justin Bieber.

  • Stephana

    airon, all of that crap is already in place. Why can’t a libtard ever realize that making something that already is illegal more illegal will not stop it?

  • airon-later

    So Big Eddy, did you actually take time to read the article, review the linked data, exercise some critical thinking? Probablly not, as your response is typical of knee-jerk prattling. Such is a character trait of not only Hoft, but every mouth-apage droogie like yourself that can’t think on their own.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Who said anything about disarming America?

    No one—except YOU! Another strawman you conveniently constructed to spew useless platitudes to try and exploit a trajedy. NEXT!

  • airon-later

    #8 – if such things are already in place, then why do we continue to see these mass killings happen?

    #10 – show me where I proposed disarming America? Oh, that’s right —– you can’t.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    YOU brought it up. Show ME where anyone made a comment regarding “disarming.” YOUR comment is the only one that mentions IT. I COPIED IT FROM YOUR COMMENT! Are you denying you typed your own comment?

  • airon-later

    Never mentioned disarming America, not once.

    The only one that mentioned it was Carbon Footprint #3


  • airon-later

    I only alluded to it once #3 started in on that

  • TeachX3

    airon-later #11 “if such things are already in place, then why do we continue to see these mass killings happen?”

    … there were MULTIPLE LAWS BROKEN in that tragedy. It is against the law to murder (using any tool), it is against the law to do anything hurtful to children, it is against the law to force ones way into an establishment, it is against the law to bring a gun into a ‘gun free zone’, etc… The laws are in place, but it still happened. Blaming the gun for the tragedy is an example of someone who “can’t think on their own”… it is the PERSON who broke the laws that are already in place, it is the PERSON who committed acts of evil.

  • occam

    America just has to accept mass murder as the down side of the ability of any allowing anyone to do so. Damn libs are trying to make us register all our guns like they were cars or something

  • Sasja

    My loaded Glock is resting on the table. I, and my hubby, have ordered it to fire but so far, nothing. Can’t figure it out. Must be a malfunction.

  • airon-later

    #15 So making guns more accessible ( ie: gun shows where no background checks are done or are so easy to get around ) and ignoring the stability and mental health of those attempting to purchase them is the answer?

    I’m not discounting the multiple laws that were broken, but – again – by allowing unfettered access to guns and ignoring the lax legislation that is already in place will not solve anything.

  • huck

    kids should be home schooled anyway, and state schools are just some socialism anyway

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