University of Alabama

Are we the world's mass-shooting capital because of income inequality?

To the editor: While I applaud your coverage of University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford's research on mass shootings, scrutiny of such events risks overshadowing larger societal problems. Mass shootings pale in comparison with ordinary homicides. ("Why the U.S. is No. 1 -- in mass shootings," Aug. 24) More than 10,000 Americans die violently each year, but only a small fraction of these horrible crimes are mass shootings. Among industrialized societies, ours is remarkably violent. While gun ownership does affect the frequency of mass shootings, it has little impact on the much more important problem of overall homicide rates. What, then, makes our society so...