Other news outlets and researchers have published larger tallies that include a wide range of gun crimes in which four or more people have been either wounded or killed.
While those larger datasets of multiple-victim shootings may be useful for studying the broader problem of gun violence, our investigation provides an in-depth look at the distinct phenomenon of mass shootings—from the firearms used to mental health factors and the growing copycat problem.
The analysis and charts above cover the data through 2012 (comprising 62 cases); additional data and analysis on the shooters’ weapons are in this story.
A recent analysis of this database by researchers at Harvard University, further corroborated by a recent FBI study, determined that mass shootings have been on the rise.Our original analysis, which covers cases with four or more victims killed from 1982-2012, follows below.The cases we have documented since then using the revised federal baseline reaffirm our major findings. The horrific massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012, another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that August, another at a manufacturer in Minneapolis that September—and then the unthinkable nightmare at a Connecticut elementary school that December—were some of the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three-plus decades.Lame bars and restaurants (or bars and restaurants), few available single people, and/or crummy entertainment options can make it tough to hit it off with potential dates in your town.To help you figure out which cities to avoid when looking to supercharge your romantic life, we’ve pulled together the data of which places have the most dismal singles scenes.