A lot of listeners sent me this after I jumped on a listener today for suggesting there aren't more mass shootings than there use to be. First; he wasn't referring to this piece and what he said is actually contradicted in this piece, which I heard Sean Hannity also cite today.
Second, this piece is indeed idiotic. No methodology is cited for these numbers. We have no background on how the researcher made these estimates. And to compare modern mass shootings with the Gangland Chicago days is laughable. We're not talking organized crime here. We're talking troubled individuals who kill a lot of people at once. These shootings didn't happen when I was a kid to the extent they are today. And even if they did dip in the first decade of this century, they're definitely on the rise now.
But the type of shooting we're talking about has obviously increased since the 1960's and 70's. And there is clearly more of these in the past five years, than in the previous decade. And I think it's a mistake for conservatives to want to believe this, because to do so masks the issue of societal degredation and disregard for human life that's become the norm. To cling to this as an argument against gun control is a mistake.
Here's another thing that's clear; there are more of these shootings during the Obama administration than during the George W. Bush administration. The question is, why?