This is a revised, updated version of a post originally written on April 21, 2015.
Columnist Eugene Volokh wrote in the Washington post on April 20, 2015: “Have civilians with permitted concealed handguns stopped such mass shootings before?” We provided Volokh with a list of such cases, which he used.
Below, we have collected news stories on more cases of permit holders stopping shootings with their handguns. …
Dr. John Lott was one of the people interviewed by the Denver Post about the 20th Anniversary of Columbine massacre. Here is the discussion that they had with him.
John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” said mass killers often choose a soft target or “gun-free zone” — such as schools — to carry out their attacks.
Dr. John Lott and our research director Professor Carl Moody have piece on what we believe has been one of the bigger academic frauds. The paper can be downloaded here.
In 2016 Adam Lankford published a widely propagated article purporting to show that during a 47-year period the United States represented 31 percent of worldwide public mass shooters, and claiming that the outsized U.S.
UPDATE: The original news reports suggested that a Muslim at the Mosque had run home (presumably very nearby) to get his gun to stop the attack. Well, new reports suggest something quite different happened. There are basic inconsistencies between the two reports.
The original reports suggest that the Muslim was able to fire the gun at the attacker, but the other articles suggest that he took the gun from the shooter and didn’t know how to fire it.…
The attack at a public school in Suzano, Brazil on March 13th, 2019, resulted in eight deaths and 23 people wounded. Two former students committed the massacre, and they reportedly modeled their attack after the Columbine attack, the 20th anniversary of which will fall next month. The weapons used were a .38 caliber revolver, crossbow, bow and arrow, and hatchet.…
Dr. John Lott was on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall to discuss the mass public shooting at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, IL.
“Did you ever see him with guns at work?” the anchors asked Probst [an employee at the company] about the shooter.
“No. We are not even supposed to have any guns at work.” He said.
— ABC Channel 7, WLS, Chicago
Reportedly, five were murdered in the attack at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois.…
It isn’t too surprising that many Americans think that the United States is unique in terms of mass public shootings simply because the US media either completely ignore or barely covers attacks outside the US. Both Brazil and France have extremely strict gun control.
São Paulo, Brazil, December 11, 2018
A gunman opened fire in a Catholic cathedral near Brazil’s most populous city, São Paulo, killing five people and wounding several others.
From Stossel TV:
…Dozens of news outlets reported that America has the most mass shooters in the world. Many say that shows America needs more gun control.CNN claimed that “the U.S. has the most mass shootings”. The WSJ reported that “U.S. leads the world in mass shootings.” Nearly every major media outlet, and Former President Obama, said the same.
The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.
Over the 18 years from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters within our country.