Mass killings remain relatively rare

Despite the impression given by the media, mass shootings are not more common now than they have been in past decades, John Fund wrote in National Review Online. “Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century,” Fund noted. “The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.” Of course, the rarity of the killings is of no comfort to families in Newtown, Conn.