America’s mass-shooting epidemic
Los Angeles Times - 10/19/2014
James Alan Fox, a widely quoted researcher from Northeastern University in Boston, has argued that mass shootings are not on the rise, and that they are too rare to merit significant policy changes. As he put it recently in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper: “We treasure our personal freedoms in America, and unfortunately, occasional mass shootings, as horrific as they are, is one of the prices that we pay for the freedoms that we enjoy.” But in drawing his conclusions, Fox examined data for all mass shootings, including those that stemmed from domestic violence and those tied to criminal activity. Such killings are no less awful, but they are a different monster in terms of impact on public safety and the complicated policy questions they raise — not least how they might be stopped.