Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings

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Prometheus Books, 2016 - Political Science - 397 pages
In the past decade, no individual act of violence has killed more people in the United States than the mass shooting. This well-researched, forcefully argued book answers some of the most pressing questions facing our society: Why do people go on killing sprees? Are gun-free zones magnets for deadly rampages? What can we do to curb the carnage of this disturbing form of firearm violence? Contrary to conventional wisdom, the author shows that gun possession often prods aggrieved, mentally unstable individuals to go on shooting sprees; these attacks largely occur in places where guns are not prohibited by law; and sensible gun control measures like the federal assault weapons ban--which helped drastically reduce rampage violence when it was in effect--are instrumental to keeping Americans safe from mass shootings in the future. To stem gun massacres, the author proposes several original policy prescriptions, including a high-capacity magazine ban and buy-back program, the establishment of multi-jurisdictional task forces to assess active shooter threats, and an overhaul of the way the justice system investigates and prosecutes violent crimes. Calling attention to the unique security threat of mass shootings, Rampage Nation demonstrates that there are practical ways to stem this growing form of gun violence through smart, creative solutions.

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I'm glad I read this, but it was draining (of course, only one-millionth as draining as living through one of the events described). The author makes well-reasoned arguments, backed up by data, and ... Read full review


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Louis Klarevas, PhD, teaches in the Department of Global Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He also serves as a consultant to the federal government on national security matters. A frequent commentator on homeland security and foreign policy, he has appeared on numerous news programs, including on CNN, ABC, NPR, and the BBC. In the past, he has taught at American University, George Washington University, City University of New York, and New York University. In addition, he has served as the Defense Analysis Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Security Studies.

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