Guys and guns: Why men are behind the vast majority of America’s gun violence

Guys and guns: Why men are behind the vast majority of America's gun violence

This report is a part of “Rethinking Gun Violence,” an ABC News series examining the level of gun violence in the U.S. — and what can be done about it. Just before 11 p.m. on an April night, a 19-year-old man arrived at his former job site, an Indianapolis FedEx facility, and chatted with security about his status at the company. The young man then exited his car with two legally purchased rifles and opened fire indiscriminately, at employees inside and outside the building, authorities said. After killing eight employees — ranging in age from 19 to 74 — and injuring at least seven others, the gunman died by suicide, an attack “which he believed would demonstrate his masculinity and capability of fulfilling a final desire to experience killing people,” the FBI in Indianapolis said this summer, months after the attack. According to the nonprofit research center The Violence Project , men are responsible for 98% of mass shootings, and according to an analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety, a grassroots organization aiming to combat gun violence, men were behind 94% of 240 mass shootings (four or more killed regardless of location) from 2009 to 2020 in which the shooter’s gender could be confirmed. Watch ABC News Live on Mondays at 3 p.m. to hear more about gun violence from experts during roundtable discussions. And check back tomorrow, when we look at what’s behind rising gun ownership among people of color. In 40 active-shooter incidents in the U.S. last […]

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