In a televised statement Monday, the president called the mass shootings in El Paso, Tx., and Dayton, Ohio “a crime against all of humanity” and signaled he will ask for legislation making “hate crimes” and “mass murders” subject to the death penalty. Critics, noting he offered no new proposals regarding gun control, called his remarks “empty promises.”
Following last week’s arson in Japan that killed and injured dozens, criminologist James Alan Fox sees a pattern in how Americans react to mass killings here and abroad. Why don’t we care more about victims than we do about the politics of guns, he asks?
In his new book, TCR contributing editor David Krajicek explores the written and recorded leavings of mass killers. In this excerpt, he describes some of their common characteristics, including a “pseudocommando mindset” and “heroic revenge fantasy.”
In its second annual analysis of mass violence in the U.S., the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center left unresolved the debate about how to deal with controversial contributing factors like illegal firearm possession and Internet activism.
Virginia Beach, Va., said the city employee who killed 12 people in May did a “satisfactory” job, but a fellow employee he killed had cited his poor work, says the dead worker’s husband. He wants an independent inquiry into the episode.
Police responding to the mass shooting at a Virginia Beach, Va., municipal building were unable to confront the gunman because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. An expert calls it a “blind spot” for law enforcement response to active shooters.