Can You Believe Mass Killings Are Actually On The Decline? Source AP

December 17, 2012

Believe it or not, mass killings reached their peak in 1929 and have been dropping ever since, says Grant Duwe, a criminologist who wrote the book on the subject.

mass murderers composite 4 2 Can You Believe Mass Killings Are Actually On The Decline? Source AP The AP is reporting that though public perception in the wake of this year’s mass shootings is that mass killing are increasing in frequency, the truth is’s exactly the opposite when you examine at the data.

Mass Shootings 1980 2010 Can You Believe Mass Killings Are Actually On The Decline? Source AP

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“There is no pattern, there is no increase,” says criminologist James Allen Fox, adding that random mass shootings that get the most media attention are the rarest.

Duwe’s book says that the shootings actually reached their peak in 1929, While mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s.

Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, Duew says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.

The chart below does not deal with him enumerating mass killings historically but what it does deal with maybe even more important.

As an added bonus I am posting this chart below for your consideration. Examine it carefully and you’ll see the plot thickening before your very eyes…

 Can You Believe Mass Killings Are Actually On The Decline? Source AP

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