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GUNS AND MASS SHOOTINGS

By: Steve Zimmermann


It seems that every week that we see a news story of a mass shooting. Major news networks paste stories of anti-gun protesters regurgitating statistics to argue their point of why guns should be taken from the millions of responsible gun owners across America due to the actions of a very small percentage of mass murderers that use the gun as the tool of death.

It does seem that “mass shootings” are on the rise, but are they really? Maybe we should ask ourselves a few questions to help us see clearer.


Are shootings happening at an incalculable rate, or is it the nonstop broadcast of the events on every news outlet that gives the perception on an increase?What has changed in American society to warrant violent behavior?Are there social indicators to help prevent a mass killing?What can we do as firearm owners to see the possibility of a threat, evade the threat, or stop the threat?


Let’s start with the 500 lb gorilla in the room, are shootings happening more often?


Let me preface this by saying that any tragic loss of life is horrible. I can’t imagine getting a phone call informing me that I lost one of my children, under any circumstance. Also, I don’t know how the families of the perpetrators of these crimes cope with the agony and anguish of a “lost” child.


School shootings are not unique to America, nor did they start with Columbine in 1999. In fact, the first recorded “school shooting” in the U.S. took place in Green castle, Penn. in 1764. School master Enoch Brown and 9 school children were attacked and killed by 4 Lenape Indians.


MASS SHOOTINGS AND THE FREQUENCY