Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The statistics of mass killing

After the Las Vegas shooting, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, the ghoulish debate resumed over the demographics of killers. Are they white? Immigrants? Muslims? Christians? Young? One thing is certain: they're almost all men.

I look at these questions -- and the impulse to ask these questions in the first place -- in The Atlantic. This is not the first instance of a statistically-based report on terrorism dissolving under scrutiny.

(Also worth a look: Daniel Engber's discussion of the same topics in Slate.)