Washington Examiner – Crime study: Handguns, not ‘assault rifles,’ used in most mass shootings

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Criminologist and Northeastern professor tells Washington Examiner reporter Paul Bedard that mass shootings have remained stagnant for the past 34 years.

Boston.com – Takeaways from the Sandy Hook Report

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Jamie Fox, our resident criminologist, outlines a few key takeaways from the recently released report on the Sandy Hook shootings.

USA Today – Mentally ill doesn’t mean murderer: Column

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A new Gallup poll taken after last week’s tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard reveals that Americans fault the mental health system for mass shootings, even more than inadequate gun laws. Apparently, according to Joe Public, guns don’t kill, psychotic people do.

USA Today – Mass murders less frequent than we think: Column

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In his latest USA Today column, James Alan Fox says “it is important to dispel the widely held notion that mass shootings are on the rise. 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.

Forget What You’ve Heard: Mass Shootings Aren’t Rising. But They Probably Aren’t Going Away.

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Criminologist James Alan Fox on who shoots, and why.

By Megan McArdle | The Daily Beast | February 1, 2013

Mass shootings are rising. They’re committed by lunatics who suddenly snap and start shooting at random. If only we had better gun laws or mental health screenings, we wouldn’t have so many tragedies.

Stop. Almost everything you think you know about mass shootings is wrong. This morning, I sat down for an IM interview with Northeastern University Criminologist James Alan Fox, who has been studying mass murder for years, and has authored two books on the subject: Extreme Killing, and Violence and Security on Campus.

Megan: First of all, thanks for doing this. Second of all, can you start off by talking a bit about yourself? How did you start studying mass shootings?

James Alan Fox: I started studying mass murder in the early 1980s (along with Northeastern University colleague Jack Levin) to see if there were any common traits and characteristics to the crimes or the perpetrators. There had been a pervasive sense back then that mass murderers were crazed lunatics who suddenly snapped, went berserk, and killed indiscriminately. By studying 42 cases that had occurred in recent years (recent back then, anyway), we found that many common assumption were quite off the mark. Read More

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