Even before the death toll in last Friday’s school mas­sacre in New­town, Conn., was deter­mined, politi­cians, pun­dits, and pro­fes­sors of varied dis­ci­plines were all over the news, pushing their pro­posals for change. Some talked about the role of guns, others about mental-​​health ser­vices, and still more about the need for better secu­rity in schools and other public places. What­ever their agenda and the pas­sion behind it, those advo­cates made cer­tain explicit or implied assump­tions about pat­terns in mass murder and the pro­file of the assailants. Unfor­tu­nately, those assump­tions do not always align with the facts.

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