Follow Up on Minnesota Shooting: Murder is Not Self-Defense (As I Said)
Personal Defense

Follow Up on Minnesota Shooting: Murder is Not Self-Defense (As I Said)

Back in December 2012, shortly after taking Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 class, “Armed Citizens’ Rules of Engagement,” the case of Byron David Smith of Little Falls, Minnesota was brought to my attention. Smith is the man who on Thanksgiving Day 2012 shot and killed two individuals — Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady — who broke into … Continue reading

Did the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban Affect Mass Shootings?
Firearms

Did the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban Affect Mass Shootings?

“Did the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban Affect Mass Shootings? A Time Series Analysis,” a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology by Ivan Birch (University of Texas at Dalls), Grant Duwe (Minnesota Department of Corrections), and Tomislav Victor Kovandzic (UT-Dallas) Mass public shootings are defined in this paper as … Continue reading

American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: Lessons from the United Kingdom on Firearms Bans, Homicide, and Access
Firearms

American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: Lessons from the United Kingdom on Firearms Bans, Homicide, and Access

Although the British government imposed various gun control measures throughout the 20th century, the most dramatic moves followed two mass shootings. In1987, 27 year-old Michael Ryan dressed up as “Rambo” and carrying (among other weapons) an M1 Carbine and a Chinese version of the AK-47, shot to death 16 people (and himself) in and around … Continue reading