As reported LAST WEEK, I’ve started to compile a database of mass shooter profiles.
I didn’t get near as much done as I would’ve liked. All the same, I’m going to publish my labors up to now.
I haven’t collected all the data that I’d like to and, as a result, I haven’t started running basic statistics (frequency tables, etc.) But, there are a few curious trends I’m picking up on.
Firstly, I’m using the top 20 shootings listed HERE as a starting point. Wikipedia has a similar page, but every fact is linked to a more credible reference. During my initial sweep, I didn’t take note of how many guns the shooter had or the category of the weapon(s). I will continue to add –
- Gun data
- More specific notes about the shooter – including analyzing background. The words “autism”, “Asperger’s”, “loner” and “bullied” are mentioned frequently – I’d like better numbers on that stuff for each shooter
- More shootings. I’ve decided to go beyond NCLB, but not rule it out as a key factor in our troubled times.
- NCLB era shooters can be isolated from the rest of the shooters to see if they possess some unique characteristic that might point more definitively to issues caused by the parameters of NCLB
A few curious coincidences (curioundences?) I’ve found are –
- The prevalence of social development disorders, like autism spectrum disorder mentioned above, and
- The desire to enlist or successfully joining a branch of the armed forces.
All that said, here is the table that I’ve labored to produce. Again, it’s not finished, with the way things are going it’ll probably never be finished, unfortunately. If there are any variables you feel should be included, please leave a comment.
Uhh, I dont’ know why, but despite all my effort to get the data into an embedded spreadsheet, it defaults to the bottom. Scroll up a ways to see the content.
Your research on shooters is interesting. I notice that all are under 30 years of age, most arrested the school they shot up, loners as you mentioned. Of those living at home with parents, family had no idea of a problem with their child. Some did know they had a weapon. One thing I think is important is the violent vedios they watch.
Sounds like a worthwhile project Jarrett. Keep it going.
Thanks, Gpa. The more I get into it, the more similarities reveal themselves. Maybe I’m on to something…