After a man opened fire at Los Angeles’s airport a few months ago, friends and coworkers undoubtedly turned to each other shaking their heads: Could this really be happening again, so soon? Are these things getting more frequent, or am I imagining it?
You’re not imagining it, according to a new study obtained by Yahoo! News
on Thursday. The report, which is set for release in a Federal Bureau
of Investigations bulletin next week, finds that mass shootings have
indeed become more common. They have spiked from five a year between
2000 and 2008 to 16 a year from 2009 to 2012.
The report also sheds some light on who is committing mass shootings,
and how: 94 percent of gunmen are men, though they range significantly
in age. Forty percent of mass shootings happen at businesses, while 29
percent take place at schools. Fifty-nine percent of the time, the
gunmen use handguns, and 26 percent of the time rifles.
They claim, on average, two lives.