Criminal justice expert talks gun homicides and mass shootings

22News spoke with an expert about which of the tragic trends are on the rise.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – “This is a political choice we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America.”

Strong words from President Obama following the most recent mass shooting last week in Oregon. Nine people were killed on a college campus, and within 24 hours of that happening, at least a dozen other people were shot and killed in separate incidents across the country.

According to the FBI’s national crime report, there were more than 8,100 shooting homicides in 2014. That breaks down to about 156 a week, with 22 people being shot to death across the country every day.

The numbers are staggering, but statistically, cities are safer today than years ago. Campus killings, on the other hand, seem to be on the rise. 22News spoke with AIC’s Criminal Justice Chair, David Kuzmeski, about their frequency. He said, “It’s these mass shootings that catch our attention.”

The attention of other lone wolves, looking to go down in history. “It’s a copycat situation. We still remember the names of those involved in Columbine and Virginia Tech. Part of the motivating factor is going to be I will be infamous,” Kuzmeski added.

President Obama has pledged to continue talking about gun control; following the Sandy Hook shootings he pushed for expanded background checks. It failed to pass Congress then, and even more pro-gun lawmakers have been elected since 2012.

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