Mass shootings aren’t on the rise
New York Magazine - 06/11/2014
It’s only natural, faced with atrocities like those that took place in Aurora or Sandy Hook or Isla Vista, to sink into a “What the hell is wrong with the world?” attitude. And based on the conversations that often follow these tragedies, it would be easy to think that life in the United States is as dangerous as ever, that the country is an increasingly violent, brutal place. Luckily, the statistics tell a different story.
James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University and frequent commentator on criminal justice issues, has kept a close eye on the numbers, tracking mass-shooting incidents with four or more fatalities between 1976 and 2012 — the most recent year for which FBI data are available.