Northeastern University just released a paper examining the frequency of mass shootings.
Despite the tragedies in Las Vegas and most recently in Florida, James Alan Fox— the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern— concluded mass shootings aren’t an epidemic as some gun control groups are suggesting.
Despite these findings, this doesn’t mitigate the importance of preventing mass shootings. We all agree there are preventative measures to take to stop future mass shootings, so long as the negligent actions taken in Broward County aren’t replicated elsewhere.
Despite the results of his findings, Fox says some policy changes like banning bump stocks and increasing age for purchasing AR-15s from 18-to-21 could decrease overall gun violence. However, he believes even these measures won’t stop future mass shootings.
With respect to arming teachers, however, Fox found that notion to be “over the top.”
“I’m not a big fan of making schools look like fortresses, because they send a message to kids that the bad guy is coming for you—if we’re surrounding you with security, you must have a bull’s-eye on your back,” Fox said. “That can actually instill fear, not relieve it.”
While many of us will disagree with Professor Fox about whether or not teachers should arm themselves if offered the choice, his findings are worth considering. Even those who aren’t avowed gun rights advocates recognize the shortcomings of gun control legislation to stop future mass shootings, given the criminal nature of those who commit these heinous acts.