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  •  There is a very interesting statistic (0+ / 0-)

    in the story you linked to, dino:

    Still, the details of each case [of mass murder] are certainly troubling. In 49 of the 61 cases [since the '70s] the gunmen obtained the weapons legally, and the majority of those weapons used were semi-automatic. Forty three of the 61 killers were white males, and one was a female, according to the list.
    Although most people are surely aware that women don't kill groups of people, I doubt they realize that white men commit by far the majority of mass murders.

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    by SueDe on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 02:05:56 PM PST

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    •  Yes...but, to be fair -- that's 60 men in 40 years (1+ / 0-)
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      So, at least it's not a typical action.

      I wonder if there's a clue in that.  Women are less well-represented in more ordinary murders as well, though I understand their participation to be growing.

      It would be interesting to go back and inventory those killers.

      At least one was a guy going on a rampage after losing his job -- I imagine stressed out and unhinged is a category.  Then you've got the "not right in the head" folks like Aurora and, apparently,  Newtown and maybe Columbine.

      I would like to think --- and this is probably just human nature --- that there are some threads, some causes we could pick up on.  Otherwise -- well, that's just depressing to think about.

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      by dinotrac on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 03:20:36 PM PST

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