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  • Las Vegas, Orlando, Newtown: What spurs a mass shooting?

    USA Today - 10/04/2017

    While some statistics point to a rise in mass shooting frequency and deadliness, Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox, says there is no clear evidence, especially since there is a lack of consistent benchmarks and no common definition of a mass shooting used by those gathering statistics.

    “Some years are worse than others –  it swings up and down for no real reason,” says Fox, who is on the USA TODAY Board of Contributors.

    He contends the number of mass shootings has not increased, but says there is one thing definitely on the rise: fear.

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