NORA AKINS

NORA T. AKINS

News of the deadly rampage killing ten people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon joined the mass shooting headlines with the nine killed in a biker brawl and another nine killed in a church earlier this year. The statistics of mass shootings continue to climb with two more recorded by Mass Shooting Tracker as this article is written. Four more people were killed and five more were injured in these two incidents since the Oregon shooting.

The FBI defines mass killing as four or more victims resulting in a lesser statistic. The FBI investigated 172 mass killings between 2006 and 2011. Family killings account for 53 percent, public killings 15 percent and robbery/burglary 11 percent, leaving 21 percent unknown. Mass killings involve a gun 77 percent of the time. Handguns were used 72.9 percent and rifles 18.5 percent.

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