Rampage Nation by Louis Klarevas
Securing America from Mass Shootings

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Unless we do something, this type of violence will continue to rise. Klarevas’s recommendations are a good starting point.
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In the past decade, no individual act of violence has killed more people in the United States than the mass shooting. This well-researched, forcefully argued book answers some of the most pressing questions facing our society: Why do people go on killing sprees? Are gun-free zones magnets for deadly rampages? What can we do to curb the carnage of this disturbing form of firearm violence?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the author shows that gun possession often prods aggrieved, mentally unstable individuals to go on shooting sprees; these attacks largely occur in places where guns are not prohibited by law; and sensible gun-control measures like the federal Assault Weapons Ban—which helped drastically reduce rampage violence when it was in effect—are instrumental to keeping Americans safe from mass shootings in the future.

To stem gun massacres, the author proposes several original policy prescriptions, ranging from the enactment of sensible firearm safety reforms to an overhaul of how the justice system investigates potential active-shooter threats and prosecutes violent crimes. Calling attention to the growing problem of mass shootings, Rampage Nation demonstrates that this unique form of gun violence is more than just a criminal justice offense or public health scourge. It is a threat to American security.
 

About Louis Klarevas

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Louis Klarevas, PhD, teaches in the Department of Global Affairs at the University of Massachusetts–Boston. He also serves as a consultant to the federal government on national security matters. A frequent commentator on homeland security and foreign policy, he has appeared on numerous news programs, including on CNN, ABC, NPR, and the BBC. In the past, he has taught at American University, George Washington University, City University of New York, and New York University. In addition, he has served as the Defense Analysis Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Security Studies.
Author Residence: New York, NY
Author Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
 
Published August 23, 2016 by Prometheus Books. 340 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 08 2016

One of the striking details involves the brevity of the actual shootings. The killer is often able to begin and end the rampage within 10 minutes, although to those at the scene, the duration of the shooting can seem eternal...A deeply researched, clearly written study that educates while it horrifies.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Francesca Spina on Aug 22 2016

Unless we do something, this type of violence will continue to rise. Klarevas’s recommendations are a good starting point.

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