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A Fifty-Year Survey: An Analysis of U.S. Mass Shooting Events, 1962-2013

A Fifty-Year Survey: An Analysis of U.S. Mass Shooting Events, 1962-2013
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Author(s): Roger N. McIntyre Jr. (Valdosta State University, USA)and F. E. Knowles Jr. (Valdosta State University, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 23
Source title: Research Anthology on Modern Violence and Its Impact on Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7464-8.ch075

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Abstract

Recent and ongoing events have created national concern, fear, and dialogue about potential future acts of mass casualty violence. While much attention has been directed towards the creation of stricter gun control legislation as a means to prevent such acts, little has been mentioned about understanding the offender characteristics and motives for these horrific crimes. Many of the mass shooting offenders share similar features. More attention must be given to these commonalities as a way to understand the event itself, and for the formulation of preventive measures. This study examines mass shooting situations from 1962 to 2013 and analyzes the similarities amongst offenders. In addition, through the application of Identity Theory, it is argued that these acts are perpetrated due to identify conflicts that the violators possess. Through the commission of these acts, they are able to reassert their role and place within society

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