Another mass shooting. Another mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex. An unstable Iraq vet­eran killed three people and wounded 16 before killing him­self. Does the mad­ness never cease? Why does it seem to be occur­ring more fre­quently? Four blunt points:

1. It’s not occur­ring more fre­quently. “Over the past 30 years, there has been an average of nearly 20 mass shoot­ings a year in the U.S., each involving at least four vic­tims killed, but with no upward or down­ward tra­jec­tory.” That’s according to James Alan Fox, a pro­fessor of crim­i­nology, law, and public policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and author of Extreme Killing. The sta­tis­tics are no con­so­la­tion to grieving rel­a­tives or trau­ma­tized neigh­bors, nor are they reason to ignore the car­nage at Fort Hood, the same Army base where a deranged officer ranting about jihad killed 13 people in 2009. Con­text, how­ever, is impor­tant for thinking clearly about our mass shooting problem.

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