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  • Deadly attacks prompt new training

    The Wall Street Journal - 06/12/2014

    The Oregon high school incident occurred five days after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Washington left one student dead, and slightly more than two weeks after a May 23 killing spree near the University of California, Santa Barbara, claimed seven lives, including the perpetrator.

    A study by Mr. Nichols and others published by the FBI noted an increase in what they termed active-shooter events between 2000 and 2012.

    However, research by Northeastern University criminologist James Fox shows that the incidence of mass shootings, defined as four or more people killed by gunfire, has remained flat for more than three decades.

    To be sure, several studies note that mass shootings account for a fraction of those murdered nationwide. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter claimed nearly 15,000 lives in 2012, according to the FBI. Mr. Fox said mass shootings kill about 100 people every year.

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