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BY JAMAL ANDRESS
 

America is proud to lead the world in many categories, science, innovation, military strength. But the U.S. also has a commanding lead in mass shootings. Mother Jones reports the chilling stat.

“Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii.”

As 2012 comes to a close, the U.S. has had one of the deadliest years in history when it comes to mass shootings. Sky News has the video.

“Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon. Or Temple in Wisconsin. Or a movie theatre in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago.”

ThinkProgress notes there have been 6 mass shootings where at least 4 people were killed since the beginning of the year. Total deaths: 62 across the U.S.

Referencing the Connecticut school shooting, one Fox News analyst says that it is time for something to be done.

“The statistics overall provide cold comfort for what happened today, and you look at an event like today and you think we have got a problem, we’ve got to do something and whatever you do, you need to make sure that it's something that is gonna be effective.”

The United States stands alone when it comes to frequency of this kind of tragedy. In 2012 there was only one other mass shooting, by a lone gunman, worldwide, compared to the 6 different incidents here in the United States.

So what’s unique about the United States? Researchers looking at the issue aren’t sure, but they believe the tendency to act as a copycat makes mass shootings contagious.

“When one crime is widely publicized, it could incite others to do the same, according to a 1999 study which found that seven mass-shooters had drawn inspiration from one another.”

One example: gunmen in the latest shootings have all dressed the same way, like they’re going into combat. An analyst for NBC says that’s something police haven’t seen elsewhere.

“Although it’s not necessarily unique to the United States, acting out like this, what is unique is when we see them use weapons and copy others.”

But there’s also another explanation being touted by the media: the U.S.’s gun laws. For more on the latest round in the gun control debate, check out our recent video on Newsy.com.

 

Why so Many Mass Shootings in the United States?

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Dec 14, 2012

Why so Many Mass Shootings in the United States?

(Image Source: Courant)


BY JAMAL ANDRESS
 

America is proud to lead the world in many categories, science, innovation, military strength. But the U.S. also has a commanding lead in mass shootings. Mother Jones reports the chilling stat.

“Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii.”

As 2012 comes to a close, the U.S. has had one of the deadliest years in history when it comes to mass shootings. Sky News has the video.

“Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon. Or Temple in Wisconsin. Or a movie theatre in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago.”

ThinkProgress notes there have been 6 mass shootings where at least 4 people were killed since the beginning of the year. Total deaths: 62 across the U.S.

Referencing the Connecticut school shooting, one Fox News analyst says that it is time for something to be done.

“The statistics overall provide cold comfort for what happened today, and you look at an event like today and you think we have got a problem, we’ve got to do something and whatever you do, you need to make sure that it's something that is gonna be effective.”

The United States stands alone when it comes to frequency of this kind of tragedy. In 2012 there was only one other mass shooting, by a lone gunman, worldwide, compared to the 6 different incidents here in the United States.

So what’s unique about the United States? Researchers looking at the issue aren’t sure, but they believe the tendency to act as a copycat makes mass shootings contagious.

“When one crime is widely publicized, it could incite others to do the same, according to a 1999 study which found that seven mass-shooters had drawn inspiration from one another.”

One example: gunmen in the latest shootings have all dressed the same way, like they’re going into combat. An analyst for NBC says that’s something police haven’t seen elsewhere.

“Although it’s not necessarily unique to the United States, acting out like this, what is unique is when we see them use weapons and copy others.”

But there’s also another explanation being touted by the media: the U.S.’s gun laws. For more on the latest round in the gun control debate, check out our recent video on Newsy.com.

 

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