Grant Duwe on the Truth About Mass Public Shootings


Adam Lanza, yearbook photo

The findings from two separate reports released in the last month—one by the FBI and the other by progressive media outlet Mother Jones—have been offered up as evidence that "mass shootings" are occurring more frequently than ever. The truth, however, is a little more complicated. Grant Duwe, author of Mass Murder in the United States: A History, has looked over the numbers and noted a problem: Previous incidences of mass shootings in past decades have been underreported.