Mass public shooting in Saudi Arabia leaves five dead, 9 injured at a Shia meeting hall

17 Oct , 2015  

A mass public shooting in Saudi Arabia left 5 dead and 9 injured.  From the Guardian newspaper:

A gunman shot and killed five people in an Islamic State-claimed attack on a Shia meeting hall in Saudi Arabia before being shot dead by police, said Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV.

Friday’s deadly assault will raise tensions in the kingdom’s largely Shia eastern province, a focus of the Sunni militants who view them as apostates worthy of death.


Congressional Research Service claims that Mass Public Shootings have been increasing, but it fails to provide evidence that this increase is statistically significant

5 Aug , 2015  

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has just released a new report titled: CRS Mass Murder with Firearms Incidents and Victims 1999-2013.  USA Today’s headline provides a typical reaction: “Report: Mass public shootings on rise.”  While the report points to increases in the number of shooting incidents over this period of time, the CRS does not discuss whether any of these results are statistically significant.  …


Washington Post’s misleading article on “mass shootings” — falsely claiming “204 mass shootings” when virtually none of these cases qualify for the normal definition of “mass,” UPDATED: Response from Washington Post

26 Jul , 2015  

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Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post has another article on guns.   Unfortunately, Ingraham explicitly ignores the FBI’s definition on mass shootings.  The cases he ends up with involve very few murders and are heavily biased to include gang and other criminal activity.  Curbing gang violence is important, and it could be done pretty simply: stop enforcing the laws or legalize drugs.  …



UPDATED: Comparing Death Rates from Mass Public Shootings and Mass Public Violence in the US and Europe

23 Jun , 2015  

Update Post: For our latest work comparing mass public shootings across countries, please click here.

For those interested, Snopes.com has given this research below a “mixed” rating.  For a discussion of Snopes.com’s claims and our response see here.

Updated January 7, 2016: 1) In his address to the nation after the Planned Parenthood attack, Obama claimed:  “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings: This just doesn’t happen in other countries.”…

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Yet more evidence that these killers are deterred by people with guns: Charleston, South Carolina Church Shooter

20 Jun , 2015  

We have previously pointed out how mass public shooting after mass public shooting keep occurring where guns are banned. Here is yet another case of these killers avoiding places where people with guns might be able to stop their killing spree. From the Associated Press:

Last week, while they were drinking in the back of Scriven’s house, Roof blurted out his plan about carrying out a mass shooting at the College of Charleston.

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CPRC on Washington DC’s WMAL to Discuss Errors in FBI study on Public Shootings

12 Jun , 2015  

John Lott joined Larry O’Connor on Thursday, June 11th to discuss the errors in the FBI study on public shootings that came shortly before last November’s election (5:07 to 5:14 PM).



Georgia County Sheriff: “in my opinion [concealed handgun permit holder] saved other lives in that store”

2 Jun , 2015  

Conyers, Georgia, Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Rockdale Citizen

Often it is claimed that citizens who stop mass public shootings don’t get news coverage because they stop anyone from being killed.  But in this case two people were killed before the permit holder was able to stop the attack.

A customer who fired back at the suspect who killed two people in a Ga.

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Notes on the James Holmes Batman Movie Theater Shooting case: Maximize killing and Deterrence matters for these mass killers

31 May , 2015  

This past week we finally got a look at the diary of the Batman movie theater killer, James Holmes, and it was clear that he was considering both attacking an airport and a movie theater.  But he turned down the airport option because he was concerned about their “substantial security.”  While Holmes’ diary was no where near as detailed as Elliot Rodger’s, the Santa Barbara killer from last year, it still shows that he was concerned about avoiding people who might stop his attack.…


Two concealed handgun permit holders, both volunteer firemen, stop mass public shooting

9 May , 2015  

New Holland, South Carolina, May 5th, 2015, Fox Carolina:

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Firefighters said they may have stopped a massacre after a gunman surprised them at their station Tuesday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the New Holland Fire Department’s Station 2 around 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.


CPRC on DC’s WMAL to discuss the Virginia Tech Shooting 8th Anniversary

18 Apr , 2015  

John Lott was on Washington DC’s WMAL with Larry O’Connor to discuss the Virginia Tech Shooting 8th Anniversary (Audio, Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 5:35 to 5:50 PM0.