The media tends to characterize mass shootings by the rare incidents of mass killings of random people in public places. The reality is that a majority of mass shootings are personal. Many involve gang violence. Others, family and workplace breakdowns.

The majority of the killings involved people who knew each other — family disputes, drug or gang violence or people with beefs that directed their anger at co-workers or relatives.

Beefs? Really AP? There was a time when the AP was a byword for style. So much for that.

But, more relevantly, mass shootings are largely about selling personal grudges, rather than killing random people.

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That’s the case with the very first mass killing of 2019, when a 42-year-old man took an ax and stabbed to death his mother, stepfather, girlfriend and 9-month-old daughter in Clackamas County, Oregon.

Ban axes?

A motivated killer in a confined space doesn’t need a gun.

California, with some of the most strict gun laws in the country, had the most, with eight such mass slayings.

Clearly just a matter of gun control.

Article posted with permission from Daniel Greenfield

h/t The Washington Standard