Mother Knows Best: A Brief Examination of the 1982-2019 US Mass Shootings Data From Mother Jones's Investigation

Mother Knows Best: A Brief Examination of the 1982-2019 US Mass Shootings Data From Mother Jones's Investigation

Gordon Arthur Crews (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA) and Garrison Allen Crews (Marshall University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0113-9.ch003

Abstract

In the aftermath of the movie theater mass shooting in July of 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, Mother Jones magazine created one of the first open-source databases documenting mass shootings in the United States. They focused on documenting rampage shootings in public places which resulted in four or more victims killed by the attacker(s). Their initial database consisted of incidents between 1982 and 2012, then an additional 54 cases were added to this data base of incidents which occurred between 2013 and August 2019. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the incidents gathered in this complete database from 1982 to 2019. Special attention is given to overall trends and characteristics of types of offenders, events, and weapons used in such violent events.
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Overview Of Cases And Events

The first part of the Mother Jones’ database focuses on the characteristics of each mass shooting event they documented between 1982 and 2019. This includes an examination of the year, month, and day of an event. An examination of the type of location, state of occurrence, and whether an event was a “mass” or “spree” shooting is included. The following is an overview of those findings.

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