What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?

8 November 2017Politics

Max Fisher and Josh Keller reporting for the New York Times:

But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings?

Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.

These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.

The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.

The next time you hear someone proclaim, “guns aren’t the problem, ______ are the problem” stop and inform them that in fact guns are LITERALLY the problem.