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DHS: Semi-Automatic Handguns Weapon of Choice in Mass Shootings

Resist, We Much!!! Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 7:25 PM
Race of murderers in 2009: White: 5,286 Black: 5,890 Other: 245 Unknown: 4,339 Note: Whites were 72.4% of the population in the 2010 United States Census. Blacks were 12.6% of the population in the 2010 United States Census. So, even though they comprised only 12.6% of the population, blacks committed more homicides than any other racial group.

A November 2012 Mass Shootings Analysis report issued by the New Jersey Intelligence & Analysis Unit (NJ ROIC) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shows semiautomatic handguns are the most common weapons used to carry out mass shootings. The report was issued one month before the Newtown shooting in which, according to the coroner and police, the killer used a semi-automatic rifle.

"The mass killing incidents this year at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and a movie theater in Colorado garnered international attention and focused the efforts of public and private sector security officials on...