Rash of shootings again raises critical gun issues

April 29, 2014 by Ken Ward Jr.

FedEx Shooting

A FedEx employee, facing, is consoled by family or friends as other FedEx employees wait to meet their family at a near by business after they were evacuated from the Airport Road FedEx facility after an early morning shooting Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Kennesaw, Ga. A shooter opened fire at a FedEx center wounding at least six people before police swarmed the facility. The shooter was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

This morning, we’re waiting again on word from a mass shooting incident, this one just outside of Atlanta.  Here in Charleston, the Daily Mail has a depressing map that pinpoints the locations of the rash of shootings in our community since the beginning of the year.

Of course, to hear many of our state and local elected officials talk, guns have nothing to do with shootings. And therefore, of course, stronger gun safety laws would not help reduce these sorts of crimes — let alone help avoid accidental shootings or reduce suicides in our state.

The facts and the science suggest otherwise, though … as we’ve reported many times before (see here, here, here and here). One thing that remains hard to understand is how this one fascinating study — showing that the much-touted uniform statewide guns laws that legislators like to push on cities like Charleston — may not in fact be the best approach for West Virginia.

3 Responses to “Rash of shootings again raises critical gun issues”

  1. Mike says:

    “The facts and the science suggest otherwise, though”

    Thats true when you cheery pick the available data to make your point, otherwise not so much. While the number of firearms in the US has skyrocketed in the past 30 years, crime continues to decline (all forms of crime) and there are no more mass shootings now than there were three decades ago.

  2. Ken Ward Jr. says:


    My post included three different links that refer to scientific papers that support what I wrote.

    I’d appreciate it if you would post links to scientific publications that support what you wrote.

    Thanks, Ken.

  3. Steven says:

    Guns are a public health problem. The NRA has lost it original direction and purpose.
    The data referred to by Ken Ward are accurate.

    I have been a Hunter Safety and Riflery Instructor as well as a concealed carry permit holder.

    I know of what I speak.

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