Our View: Gun reform alone can’t prevent mass killings

Our View: Gun reform alone can't prevent mass killings

In the wake of Friday ‘s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the usual arguments in favor of or against gun reform have continued. The Daily News editorial board has consistently written in favor of gun reform since the 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Our stance has not changed; we want laws that prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands. The problem remains, however, with determining who these people are. 300×250 image ad Mass murders, especially the kind that occur at schools, tend to follow a similar pattern: a young male student, usually white, who has experienced some form of rejection, such as bullying or a break-up. When it comes to shootings outside of school, such as the infamous post office massacres in the late 1980s and early ’90s, it is typically male workers who have been fired who then return to their former workplace and attack their co-workers. Though mass shootings seem to be happening more today than in previous decades – there were 394 workplace shootings in the U.S. in 2016 and more than 180 shootings at schools since Dec. 14, 2012, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Everytown for Gun Safety, respectively – the killings are not unique to younger generations. The University of Texas tower shooting in 1966 is likely the first time this style of killing occurred in the U.S. Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old white man, kicked off his massacre by stabbing his wife and […]

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