In the article, titled “Mass Shoot­ings in America: Moving Beyond New­town,” North­eastern Uni­ver­sity crim­i­nol­o­gists James Alan Fox and Monica J. DeLa­teur examine existing research and data to refute 11 common assump­tions about mass murder—which the FBI defines as any single, sus­tained inci­dent that takes the lives of four or more vic­tims. Many of their points seem like the starting point for a con­ver­sa­tion rather than the end of one. But if we’re going to have a national con­ver­sa­tion about mass shootings—and we’re already having it—then it might as well be based on data rather than assumptions.

 

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