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Horowitz: Another Public Mass Shooting - It’s Time to Do More Than Nothing

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

 

Rob Horowitz

The spectacle of Republican Presidential candidates like Jeb Bush or Donald Trump, who argue that we can determine the course of events in places like Syria with more decisive, American action, saying there is nothing we can really do to curb the mass public shootings occurring all too often right here in the United States would be amusing, if the subject wasn’t so serious.

Judging by the responses of nearly all the Republican Presidential candidates to the latest carnage, it seems that throwing ones hands up in the air and declaring that we are helpless to really do anything is the preferred political course to getting on the wrong side of the NRA by supporting any common sense measure to reduce gun violence. These startling declarations of impotence occurring in the wake of 9 people being gunned down last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon by a disturbed individual who had an arsenal of weapons in his apartment demonstrates the gun lobby’s success in getting Republican candidates to toe the line.  
 
Anticipating the reaction of the Republicans, President Obama in his response to last week’s senseless tragedy, spoke  frankly about his frustration that  as a nation we are becoming numb to the public mass shootings that are happening with stepped up frequency: “Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine.  My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it.  We've become numb to this.We talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston. It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out:  We need more guns, they’ll argue.  Fewer gun safety laws. “
 
As the President accurately pointed out, all nations have their share of mentally ill people and people who want to do others harm, but we are the only advanced nation in the world that has a mass public shooting every few months.  When put in place in other nations, common sense gun safety measures have worked and the result is fewer deaths and injuries.
 
Strengthening background checks for gun purchasers is the place to begin. We must close the gun show loophole, which now results in 40% of guns being purchased without a background check, and bolster the existing background check system by ensuring that all people who should be denied the ability to purchase a gun are on the list. This requires addressing the sensitive issue of ensuring that people with mental illnesses who show a propensity for violence are added to the data base. Strengthening background checks alone would not have prevented last week’s tragedy, but it would have prevented some of the others.  Further, strengthening background checks is a popular measure with 90% of Americans and even 70% of NRA members indicating their support.

Admittedly, action in Congress on background checks or any other common sense gun safety measure is hard to envision   Success in the short-term is highly unlikely, but  over the long-term it is possible to achieve results—results that will save lives.
 
Rob Horowitz is a strategic and communications consultant who provides general consulting, public relations, direct mail services and polling for national and state issue organizations, various non-profits and elected officials and candidates. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island

 

Related Slideshow: Most Violent Cities and Towns in MA According to the FBI

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50. Holbrook

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 3.559 

2013 Violent Crimes: 39

2013 Population: 10,959

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 11

Aggravated Assaults: 28

Interesting fact from the data: 9 Motor Vehicle thefts in the year

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49. Whitman

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 3.61

2013 Violent Crimes: 53

2013 Population: 14,682

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 42

Interesting fact from the data: 1 incident of Arson in the last year

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48. Taunton

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 3.715 

2013 Violent Crimes: 209

2013 Population: 56,264

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 15

Robbery: 52

Aggravated Assaults: 142

Interesting fact from the data: In the last year, there were 962 reported incidents of property crimes In Taunton

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47. Oak Bluffs

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 3.847 

2013 Violent Crimes: 18

2013 Population: 4,679

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 18

Interesting fact from the data: 107 reported incidencts of Larceny in the last year

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46. Quincy

Violent Crime Per 1,000 Residents: 3.861 

2013 Viiolent Crimes: 361

2013 Population: 93,490

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 35

Robbery: 87

Aggravated Assaults: 239 

Interesting fact from the data: In the last year there wre 4 incidents of arson

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45. Marlborough

Violent Crime Per 100 Residents: 3.946 

2013 Violent Crimes: 156

2013 Population: 39, 531

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 18 

Robbery: 17

Aggravated Assaults: 121 

Interesting fact from the data: In the last year there were 605 reported incidents of Larceny-theft

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44.Nantucket

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 3.951 

2013 Violent Crimes: 41

2013 Population: 10,378

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 30

Interesting fact from the data: 330 reported incidents of property crime in the year

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43. Whately

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 3.974 

2013 Violent Crimes: 6

2013 Population: 1,510

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: There were 0 incidents of Arson in 2013

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42. Fairhaven

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.012

2013 Violent Crimes: 64

2013 Population: 15,951

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 51

Interesting fact from the data: There were 364 reported incidents of property crime in the last year. 

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41. Hull

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.065

2013 Violent Crimes: 42

2013 Population: 10,331

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 5

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 36

Interesting fact from the data: There were 2 incidents of arson in 2013

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40. Ware

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.261

2013 Violent Crimes: 42

2013 Population: 9,856

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 37

Interesting fact from the data: There were 198 reported incidents of larceny-theft in the last year

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39. Great Barrington

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.303

2013 Violent Crimes: 30

2013 Population: 6,972

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 21

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, there were 124  reported incidents of property crime.

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38. Athol

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.542

2013 Violent Crimes: 53

2013 Population: 11,668

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 43

Interesting fact from the data: There were 55 incidents of Burglary in the last year

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37. Northampton

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.548

2013 Violent Crimes: 130

2013 Population: 28,581

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 29

Robbery: 14

Aggravated Assaults: 87

Interesting fact from the data: There were 647 reported incidents of larceny-theft in the last year. 

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36. Gardner

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.572

2013 Violent Crimes: 93

2013 Population: 20,341

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 13

Robbery: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 70

Interesting fact from the data: There were 190 incidents of burglary in 2013

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35. Bourne

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.579

2013 Violent Crimes: 91

2013 Population: 19,875

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 14 

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 69

Interesting fact from the data: There were 465 incidents of property crime in the last year

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34. Everett

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.701

2013 Violent Crimes: 202

2013 Population: 42,966

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 61

Aggravated Assaults:121 

Interesting fact from the data: In the last year, there were 898 reported incidents of property crime

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33. Tewksbury

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.707

2013 Violent Crimes: 141

2013 Population: 29,953

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 14

Robbery: 9

Aggravated Assaults: 118

Interesting fact from the data: There were 398 incidents of larceny-theft in the last year. 

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32. Winchendon

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.739

2013 Violent Crimes: 50

2013 Population: 10, 551

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 4

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 44

Interesting fact from the data: There were 5 incidents of arson in 2013

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31. Barre

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.768

2013 Violent Crimes: 26

2013 Population: 5,453

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 0 

Aggravated Assaults: 20 

Interesting fact from the data: In the past year, there were 3 reported incidents of motor vehicle theft. 

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30. Southbridge

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.861

2013 Violent Crimes: 82

2013 Population: 16,870

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 11

Robbery: 14

Aggravated Assaults: 57

Interesting fact from the data: There were 236 reported incidents of larceny-theft in 2013

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29. Chicopee

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 4.895

2013 Violent Crimes: 272

2013 Population: 55,566

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 22

Robbery: 81

Aggravated Assaults: 168

Interesting fact from the data: In the past year, there were 1,563 reported incidents of property crime.

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28. Randolph

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.241

2013 Violent Crimes: 176

2013 Population: 33,583

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 16

Robbery: 31

Aggravated Assaults: 129

Interesting fact from the data: There were 536 incidents of property crime reported

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27. Salisbury

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.300

2013 Violent Crimes: 45

2013 Population: 8,490

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 32

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 113 reported incidents of larceny-theft in 2013

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26. Montague

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 

2013 Violent Crimes: 45

2013 Population: 8,418

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 4

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 38

Interesting Fact from the data:There were 222 incidents of property crime reported. 

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25. Dennis

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.645

2013 Violent Crimes: 80

2013 Population: 14,173

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 13

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 59

Interesting Fact from the data: In the past year, there ere 211 incidents of burglary reported.

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24. West Springfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.690

2013 Violent Crimes: 163

2013 Population: 28, 647

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 22

Robbery: 40

Aggravated Assaults: 101 

Interesting Fact from the data: In the past year there have been 1,321 incidents of property crime

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23. Provincetown

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.699

2013 Violent Crimes: 17

2013 Population: 2,983 

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape:1 

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 16

Interesting Fact from the data:There were 85 incidents of larceny-theft in 2013

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22. Lowell

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.710

2013 Violent Crimes: 625

2013 Population: 109,449

Murder: 4

Forcible Rape: 40

Robbery: 192

Aggravated Assaults: 389

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 3,379 reported incidents of property Crime in 2013

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21. Revere

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 5.895

2013 Violent Crimes: 317

2013 Population: 53,777

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 19 

Robbery: 82

Aggravated Assaults: 216

Interesting Fact from the data: In the last year, there were 813 reported incidents of larceny-theft.

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20. Leominster

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 6.387

2013 Violent Crimes: 263

2013 Population: 41,175

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 25

Robbery: 34

Aggravated Assaults: 203

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 1,235 reported incidents of property crime in the last year. 

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19. Warren

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 6.398

2013 Violent Crimes: 33

2013 Population: 5,158

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 30

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 4 incidents of motor vehicle theft in 2013

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18. Haverhill

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 6.651

2013 Violent Crimes: 414

2013 Population: 62,249

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 25

Robbery: 57

Aggravated Assaults: 330

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013, there were 1,618 reported incidents of property crime.

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17.Barnstable

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 6.736

2013 Violent Crimes: 302

2013 Population: 44,837

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 18

Robbery: 30

Aggravated Assaults: 254

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 8 incidents of arson in the last year. 

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16. Wareham

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 7.223

2013 Violent Crimes: 163

2013 Population: 22,567

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 20

Robbery: 21

Aggravated Assaults:122 

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013, there were 806 reported incidents of property crime

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15. Webster

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 7.223

2013 Violent Crimes: 122

2013 Population: 16, 871

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 21

Aggravated Assaults: 92 

Interesting Fact from the data:In 2013, there were 319 incidents of larceny-theft

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14. North Brookfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 7.242

2013 Violent Crimes: 34

2013 Population: 4,695

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 31

Interesting Fact from the data: In the last year, there were only 2 incidents of motor vehicle theft. 

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13. Fitchburg

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 7.576

2013 Violent Crimes: 307

2013 Population: 40,521

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 33

Robbery: 35

Aggravated Assaults: 237

Interesting Fact from the data: In the last year, there were 1,060 incidents of property time

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12. Boston

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 7.824

2013 Violent Crimes: 5,037

2013 Population: 643,799

Murder: 39

Forcible Rape: 279

Robbery: 1,868

Aggravated Assaults: 2,851

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 13,147 incidents of larceny-theft in 2013

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11. Yarmouth

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 8.510

2013 Violent Crimes: 202

2013 Population: 23,736

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 17

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 177

Interesting Fact from the data: In the last year, there were 668 incidents of property crime. 

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10. Lynn

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 8.870

2013 Violent Crimes: 814

2013 Population: 91,769

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 39

Robbery: 189

Aggravated Assaults: 584

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 510 reported incidents of burglary in the last year. 

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9. Worcester

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 9.539

2013 Violent Crimes:1,750

2013 Population: 183,454

Murder: 9

Forcible Rape: 22

Robbery: 483

Aggravated Assaults:1,236

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 3,924 incidents of Larceny-theft in 2013. 

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8. North Adams

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 9.840

2013 Violent Crimes: 133

2013 Population: 13,516

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 21

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 103

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 175 incidents of burglary in 2013

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7. Lawrence

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 9.973

2013 Violent Crimes: 776

2013 Population: 77,812

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 283

Aggravated Assaults: 473

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013, there were 2,273 reported incidents of property crime

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6. Holyoke

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 10.419

2013 Violent Crimes: 419

2013 Population: 40,215

Murder: 4

Forcible Rape: 42

Robbery: 108

Aggravated Assaults: 265

Interesting Fact from the data: There were 2,067 incidents of larceny theft in the last year. 

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5. Fall River

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 10.581 

2013 Violent Crimes: 944

2013 Population: 89,220

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 73

Robbery: 225

Aggravated Assaults: 646

Interesting Fact from the data: In the last year, there were 2,364 reported incidents of property crime.

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4. Springfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 10.893

2013 Violent Crimes: 1,673

2013 Population: 153,586

Murder: 22

Forcible Rape: 89

Robbery: 598

Aggravated Assaults: 964

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013, there were 7,112 reported incidents of property crime. 

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3. New Bedford

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents:10.919

2013 Violent Crimes:1,039

2013 Population: 95,156

Murder: 6

Forcible Rape: 100

Robbery: 256

Aggravated Assaults: 677

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013, there were 20 incidents of arson.

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2. Chelsea

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 12.228

2013 Violent Crimes: 458

2013 Population: 37,454

Murder: 5

Forcible Rape: 28 

Robbery: 175

Aggravated Assaults: 250

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013 there were 151 reported motor vehicle thefts. 

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1. Brockton

Violent Crime Per 1000 Residents: 12.303

2013 Violent Crimes: 1,162

2013 Population: 94,448

Murder: 9

Forcible Rape: 87

Robbery: 228

Aggravated Assaults: 838

Interesting Fact from the data: In 2013, there were 3,189 reported incidents of property crime

 
 

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