Or consider the 12 school shootings we documented, in which all but one of the killers had personal ties to the school they struck.FBI investigators learned from one witness, for example, that the mass shooter in Newtown had long been fixated on Sandy Hook Elementary School, which he’d once attended.
Not only is there zero evidence to support them, our in-depth investigation of America’s mass shootings indicates they are just plain wrong.
Among the 62 mass shootings over the last 30 years that we studied, not a single case includes evidence that the killer chose to target a place because it banned guns.
Not one of the 62 mass shootings we documented was stopped this way.
Veteran FBI, ATF, and police officials say that an armed citizen opening fire against an attacker in a panic-stricken movie theater or shopping mall is very likely to make matters worse.
All of which raises an obvious question: If more guns in more places is a solution to the bloodshed, then why did we just witness the worst year for mass shootings in recent history?
*Guns were in fact legal at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, contrary to a false report from Fox News.In the last four years, nearly 100 state laws have loosened restrictions on them.To varying degrees, every state except Illinois now allows guns to be carried in public.Law enforcement agents train rigorously for stopping active shooters, they say, a task that requires extraordinary skills honed under acute duress.In cases in Washington and Texas in 2005, would-be heroes who tried to take action with licensed firearms were gravely wounded and killed.Thirty-six of the killers we studied took their own lives at or near the crime scene, while seven others died in police shootouts they had no hope of surviving (a.k.a. These were not people whose priority was identifying the safest place to attack.