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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:41 PM

20. Fox's "reality" appears to be inaccurate.

 

Fox's first "myth":

Myth: Mass shootings are on the rise.

Reality: Over the past three decades, there has been an average of 20 mass shootings a year in the United States, each with at least four victims killed by gunfire. Occasionally, and mostly by sheer coincidence, several episodes have been clustered closely in time. Over all, however, there has not been an upward trajectory. To the contrary, the real growth has been in the style and pervasiveness of news-media coverage, thanks in large part to technological advances in reporting.


Maybe he's using some tricky definition, but according to an extensive investigation of mass murders -- defined as 4+ deaths not including shooter's in a public place -- led by Mother Jones editor Mark Follman and recently updated, there have been 61 such shootings in the last 30 years, and 2012 has been the deadliest so far:

Follman, in an NPR interview last Friday:

(We) looked to see how often this type of event had happened in the last 30 years and we found 61 cases. This is the seventh this year alone and this year is the worst in the 30 years. The worst year yet in terms of both the frequency of the events and the number of casualties.

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/14/167287385/u-s-has-had-seven-mass-killings-this-year


The updated MJ article is here:

"A Guide to Mass Shootings in America" - http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map#13560246258941&action=collapse_widget&id=9254390

And a very chilling guide it is.

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