LAT: “According to FBI crime reports, between 2007 and 2011 the United States experienced an annual average of 13,700 homicides, with guns responsible for 67.8% of those. That’s an average of 9,289 people shot dead a year, 25 a day, a little more than one an hour… according to James Alan Fox, Northeastern University criminologist, between 1980 and 2010 there were, on average, 20 mass murders a year (defined by the FBI as four or more killings in the same incident) with an average annual death toll of about 100. That’s a mere 0.01% of the average homicide total.”
Chicago is one of the nation’s most heavily gun controlled cities yet there were over 500 shooting deaths last year. Mass murder is not a concern. Even so Mayor Emanuel spoke in Washington yesterday about the need to pass legislation in order to reduce gun violence. He seeks more limits on magazines, semiautomatics, and a criminal’s ability to acquire guns.
Obama spoke later: “My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works, what should we be doing to make sure our children are safe.”
Newton CT, in addition to each of the other school incidents to which Obama referred (Columbine and Virginia Tech), were mass murders.