“If the key gun control proposals now being considered in Congress had been law since 1999, four gunmen younger than 21 would have been blocked from legally buying the rifles they used in mass shootings.
At least four other assailants would have been subject to a required background check, instead of slipping through a loophole. Ten might have been unable to steal their weapons because of efforts to require or encourage safer gun storage. And 20 might not have been allowed to legally purchase the large-capacity magazines that they used to upgrade their guns, helping them kill, on average, 16 people each…”
In this article, the authors utilize data from The Violence Project to analyze the types of firearms and alterations used in mass shootings. They also discuss how this data can be used to inform gun policy.
Author: Quoctrung Bui, Alicia Parlapiano and
Source: New York Times