What Every Mass Shooting, Except One, Since 1950 Has in Common

John Fund has a very interesting piece over at National Review online, The Facts of About Mass Shootings. In it, he mentions a post-Sandy Hook shooting conversation he had with frequent Teri O’Brien Show guest, Professor John Lott.

Economists John Lott and William Landes conducted a groundbreaking study in 1999, and found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools.

I spoke with Lott after the Newtown shooting, and he confirmed that nothing has changed to alter his findings. He noted that the Aurora shooter, who killed twelve people earlier this year, had a choice of seven movie theaters that were showing the Batman movie he was obsessed with. All were within a 20-minute drive of his home. The Cinemark Theater the killer ultimately chose wasn’t the closest, but it was the only one that posted signs saying it banned concealed handguns carried by law-abiding individuals. All of the other theaters allowed the approximately 4 percent of Colorado adults who have a concealed-handgun permit to enter with their weapons.

“Disarming law-abiding citizens leaves them as sitting ducks,” Lott told me. “A couple hundred people were in the Cinemark Theater when the killer arrived. There is an extremely high probability that one or more of them would have had a legal concealed handgun with him if they had not been banned.”

Lott offers a final damning statistic: “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.” (emphasis mine)

Purely a coincidence, I’m sure, which is probably why I haven’t heard this fact before in the hundreds of hours of Lame Stream Media coverage about the Sandy Hook shootings.

14 comments

  1. None of the soldiers killed at Fort Hood were armed. That was the problem, another “gun free zone” just waiting for someone to show up and start shooting.

  2. He forget this mass shooter who not only killed six people but six well armed people:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chai_Vang

    • Vang had a soviet assault rifle that he was hunting with. It was a better combat weapon than the bolt action hunting rifles the others had. This appears to be a case of his thinking his life was in danger by people who were reportedly calling him racial slurs and attempting to block his means of egress. Reportedly Vang was trying to leave the area after mistakenly being on private land and the group on the private land wanted to push it further. There is more to it than what is in the article.

      • I agree that there’s more to Vang’s crime than the article I referenced. But the statement that “every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns” is wrong since Vang killed 6 people who had guns with them and were not prohibited from carrying guns.

  3. Not even close to true. It takes 5 seconds to fact check this. Come on. Really?!

  4. Not even close to true. It takes 5 seconds to fact check this. Cmon.

  5. The Fort Hood shooting took place in an area where the soldiers were NOT allowed to carry weapons.

  6. Have you ever been deployed? If so you would know that all your weapons are secured and not within your reach. The police on a military base are just like the police off base. There are never enough of them to be every place at one time. The police had to be called, dispatched, respond, arrive, determine action, and act. Just as it would have been if it were a department store, or other facility off base.

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