James Alan Fox: Gun con­trol or carry permit won’t stop mass murder

If one thing is pre­dictable about mass shoot­ings, how­ever, is that they will spark argu­ments from gun con­trol advo­cates and gun rights groups alike. Both sides of the gun issue will prob­ably view this tragedy [shooting at Aurora, Col­orado] as one more example of why more or less gun con­trol is the answer … and both sides will be wrong.

Tighter restric­tions on gun pur­chasing — for example, elim­i­nating mul­tiple gun sales and closing the gun-​​show loop­hole — may help reduce America’s gun vio­lence problem gen­er­ally, but mass murder is unlike most other forms of vio­lent conflict.

Mass killers are deter­mined, delib­erate and dead-​​set on murder. They plan method­i­cally to exe­cute their vic­tims, finding the means no matter what laws or other imped­i­ments the state attempts to place in their way. To them, the will to kill cannot be denied. Read more 

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family pro­fessor of crim­i­nology, law and public policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and co-​​author of “Extreme Killing: Under­standing Serial and Mass Murder.”

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