“Six things Americans should know about mass shootings” – The Conversation

With restrictive backgrounds, most US active shooters would have been denied the purchase of a firearm.

A spent cartridge lies on the ground as police officers secure the area after at least one person opened fire at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California December 2, 2015. The San Bernardino Police Department said on Twitter that it had "confirmed 1 to 3 possible suspects" and multiple victims in the shooting. The agency called it an "active shooter" incident.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTX1WWIU

Police secure the area near a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, December 2 2015. Mario Anzuoni/REUTERS

“America has experienced yet another mass shooting.

Here’s an article from a criminologist who has done research about the topic of mass shootings and he thinks that

  • #1: More guns don’t make you safer
  • #2: Shootings are more frequent
  • #3: Mass shootings are not terrorism
  • #4: Restricting sales works
  • #5: Historical comparisons may be flawed
  • #6: Background checks work

Click here to read this article in its entirety from The Conversation.


  1. Back in the 1990’s, in a lecture at the University of Virginia, Ken Kesey, author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Once a Great Notion,” told his audience, “Take away the bullets. The Second Amendment says nothing about bullets.”

    In the same lecture, he said, “People are fat, ugly and dumb. They didn’t start out fat, ugly and dumb. People have made a choice to be fat, ugly and dumb.”

  2. I am beginning to agree that background checks work, or at least help. For example, in today’s police log, a 37 year old man (with a Columbia address) was charged with providing false information while trying to purchase a pistol. Recently, another Columbia man was charged with the same thing. That’s two men that will not be permitted to (legally) own guns. Making false statements and wanting a gun, does not sound like a good combination.

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