The Real Commonality in Mass Murders Isn't Guns

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Once again, we’re hearing all about how guns are bad and pretty much no one can be trusted with certain firearms. Much of the argument surrounding these claims are kind of ridiculous, including a lot of misinformation.


But that’s mostly about the guns in and of themselves. Tons of people just get that wrong because they heard it from someone else who also didn’t know what they were talking about.

Yet there are also those who seem either too willfully-ignorant or just dishonest. They like to present the arguments that are meant to be mic drops, but instead just illustrate how vile they actually are.

Like this one, titled, “Another viewpoint: Among mass killers, only thing in common is guns.”

It’s hard to find much in common among the 72-year-old man who killed 11 people in Monterey Park in January; the six people aged 15 to 20 who killed four people at a Sweet 16 birthday party in Dadeville, Ala., in April; the 33-year-old man who killed eight people at an Allen, Texas, shopping center in May; and the 59-year-old retired police sergeant who killed four in Trabuco Canyon in August — or any of the other perpetrators of horrid mass shootings in 2023.

Researchers continue to seek common traits. They have found that many shooters act while in emotional crisis, but that generally they don’t suddenly “snap.” They plan. They nurse their anger. They act.

But there is no consistent profile. Perpetrators are Americans of all stripes, committing a peculiarly American crime.

The one thing they have in common is guns, which are more plentiful than ever in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic and unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in 2020 helped spur a huge spike in gun sales.

The only way this is accurate is if you willfully ignore mass murders carried out with anything else.


For example, earlier this year, four people were killed when a man intentionally set fire to a house. Were guns a commonality in that incident?

Or what about the six people killed back in July, stabbed to death in Green Pond, South Carolina?

Internationally, we also saw a mass murder in China, also carried out without a firearm.

The only way you can decide all mass murders have guns in common is by excluding all the mass murders that didn’t involve firearms. Yes, they’re less common than those with firearms, but that’s not really the point, now is it?

The author of this screed made a bold statement. He didn’t even specify mass shootings. He said mass murders, and that’s absolute nonsense, as I’ve already shown.

But there is one thing all mass murders have in common. They’re all carried out by people.

That is the true common denominator in all mass murders.

Unfortunately, saying that these days is “troubling.” That doesn’t make it any less true, though, and until we start focusing on that, the best we can pray for is that mass murders are just carried out with other methods.

That’s not exactly a comforting though.

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