US Suffers a Mass Killing Every 2 Weeks
'USA Today' analysis returns surprising stat
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 10:55 AM CST
Greg Frattaroli, 19, of Newtown, Conn., visits a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – The Newtown killings have jolted the nation—and USA Today offers a stat that's bound to do the same. Its analysis of FBI records from 2006 to 2010 shows that a mass killing occurs in our nation, on average, every two weeks. It defines mass shooting as the FBI does, as one in which at least four people are murdered. Over those five years, 156 such attacks occurred, killing 774; at least 20% of those victims were under the age of 13. Among its other findings:

  • About 25% of the attacks featured multiple killers
  • A third involved no guns; fire, knives, or blunt objects were among the alternate murder weapons
  • These killers are older than the typical murderer: average age is 32
  • Still, mass murders make up just 1% of all murders that occurred over the period. USA Today notes that, per CDC records, migraines and falls out of chairs killed more people.
Click to see a chart of all 196 fatal school shootings that have occurred in America since 1980.

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Dec 19, 2012 5:35 PM CST
"Migraines and falls out of chairs kill more". Well, so do heart attacks, strokes, and a plethora of other things. But all of that is irrelevant. Those who died of a migraine or fell out of a chair weren't murdered. USA Today, shame on you for that comparison.
Dec 19, 2012 1:41 PM CST
GUARD dogs would go a long way to protecting our most vulnerable school children & teachers. For how many millenium have Guard Dogs been on guard to protect us from predators? 100? Why not instigate a new breed of Guard Dog akin to "Seizure" dogs, trained to SEIZE weapons? A disarmed killer is no threat at all, unarmed teachers could handle the situation, take him down esp. with the aid of an attack trained dog. Yeah, the shooter could take out a dog, but if there's several WAR dogs involved, good luck on takin' them ALL out. An oz of prevention is worth a lb of cure Knowing Guard Dogs are present, the shooter would probably go elswhere, at least sparing those kids
Dec 19, 2012 1:38 PM CST
All the hate comments from lost Americans, stupid violent little nobody Americans...headed to the NDAA 2012 death camps in rail car their hateful, sick and collapsing global military empire collapses. USA! USA! USA! kill the children. They will only be a burden in the death camps