In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in United States’ history, here are some enlightening statistics on mass shootings, including the race, gender, and age of mass shooters, as well as the geographic locations of such shootings. The studies differ in the classification of mass shootings, yet the findings remain shocking. Here at Demographic Partitions, we offer our sincerest condolences to those affected by the Pulse shooting.
Between 1982 and 2015, 44 out of 72 (over 60%) mass shootings were initiated by White shooters, according to research conducted by Statista.
Men are responsible for some 90% of all murders. James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, offers an explanation. “Murder is a mean’s crime,” he states. He offers many arguments, such as men are more likely to own a gun, often have weak support systems, and are less likely to share their feelings than women. Furthermore, Fox argues that, “women tend to see violence as a last resort, as a self-defense mechanism.” In contrast,”men tend to use violence as an offensive weapon, to show them who’s boss.”
Since 1966, according to statistics complied by Mothers Jones, all but three of 129 mass shooters have been male. In this research, mass shootings were defined as events in which four or more people were killed, the shooting was not gang related and did not begin as another crime such as a robbery, and did not involve the shooter’s family.
Additionally, according to the same Mother Jones‘s research cited above, the vast majority of shooters were age 20 to 49.
Since 1966, shootings have occurred in forty states and Washington, D.C. Moreover, California has had the most mass shootings in the United States, with an astonishing count of 21.