Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mass Murder is as American as Apple Pie

The United States experienced 645 mass murder events (killings with at least four victims) in the period 1976-2010, or approximately twenty mass murder events per year. Media accounts report that the nation is horrified and “mystified” by the most recent incident in Aurora, Colorado. Horrified is believable, mystified is not. The mystery is not why there are so many such events, but why there are so few.

America celebrates violence in its popular culture (movies, video games, sports, songs, television) and has the most heavily armed civilian population in the world with some 90 guns for every 100 men, women and children in the country. Americans are more heavily armed than Iraqi’s (34 guns per 100 people), or Serbians (58 guns per 100 people). There are some 12,500 gun inflicted homicides annually in the United States. America has lost fewer active duty military personnel killed in war in the last thirty six years than are killed in one year of civilian gun violence.

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