Few of the incidents in the New York Times-Reddit analysis resembled planned carnages that attracted intense media and political attention in recent years
A new analysis of 358 mass shootings in America in 2015 found that three-quarters of the victims whose race could be identified were black.
Roughly a third of the incidents with known circumstances were drive-by shootings or established by law enforcement as gang-related. Another third were triggered by arguments, often among people who were drunk or high.
About one in 10 of the shootings were identified as related to domestic violence. In these shootings the majority of victims and perpetrators were white. Domestic violence incidents were also much more likely to be fatal. The 39 domestic violence cases represented 11% of the total incidents but 31% of victims who died.
The analysis, undertaken by the New York Times with data collected by Reddits mass shooting tracker and the Gun Violence Archive, use law enforcement provides information on shootings that left four or more people injured or dead in 2015.
Few of the incidents resembled the kinds of schemed carnages in schools, churches and movie theater that have attracted intense media and political attention. Instead, the analysis, defined purely by the number of victims injured, revealed that many were part of the broader onu of everyday gun violence on economically struggling neighborhoods.
Nearly 90% of thezip codesthat saw mass shootings had higher-than-average poverty rates.
In one Cincinnati neighborhood there were three multiple-casualty shootings within a single mile, two of them only 300 ft apart. The neighborhood, which had high rates of poverty and unemployment, had seen shootings on that block approximately every other month.
Some proponents said they thought the Times analysis might help improve public understanding of what gun violence in America actually looks like.
If we dont address the problem where it exists then we wont be allowed to make a change, said Mike McLively, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which recently released a report on effective solutions to prevent gun demises in neighborhoods of colour.
Last year, a series of high-profile murders at an historical black church in Charleston, South Carolina; a college in Roseburg, Oregon; and an office holiday party in San Bernardino, California sparked public outrage.
Two crowdsourced projects that counted gun violence and mass shootings gained new prominence. “Were not receiving” official definition of a mass shooting, though the FBI defines mass murder as four or more people murdered in a single incident.