1. "Using news accounts and FBI records from 2006 through 2010, the most recent years for which complete records were available, USA TODAY identified 156 murders that met the FBI definitions of mass killings, where four or more people were killed. a. The review offers perhaps the most current, complete picture yet of a crime that is both frighteningly common and not widely understood. 2. The killings between 2006 and 2010, however, offer a portrait of mass murder that in many ways belies the stereotype of a lone gunman targeting strangers: Lone gunmen, such as the one who terrorized Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, account for less than half of the nation's mass killers. About a quarter of mass murders involve two or more killers. 3. A third of mass killings didn't involve guns at all. In 15 incidents, the victims died in a fire. In 20 others, the killer used a knife or a blunt object. When guns were involved, killers were far more likely to use handguns than any other type of weapon. 4. Children are frequently victims. At least 161 who died in mass killings -- roughly one in five -- were 12 and younger. 5. Mass murderers tend to be older than other killers, with an average age of nearly 32 years old. Like all killers, they are overwhelmingly men. 6. But for all the attention they receive, mass killings still accounted for only a tiny fraction about 1% of all the Americans who were murdered over those five years. 7. During those five years, more died from migraines and falling out of chairs than were murdered by mass killers,..." Mass killings occur in USA once every two weeks The CDC did an exhaustive study of the effectiveness of gun laws.... "The systematic review development team identified 51 studies that evaluated the effects of selected firearms laws on violence and met the inclusion criteria for this review. No study was excluded because of limitations in design or execution. Information on violent outcomes was available in 48 studies, and the remaining three studies, which provided information on counts or proportions of regulated firearms used in crime, were used as supplementary evidence. Several studies examined more than one type of firearm law." Ready? The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5214.pdf Why? Because guns are not the problem. Think about that.