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This is the most clearly researched, detailed and open discussion of American mass violence I've read.
Though this book makes a clear argument for certain regulations and restrictions, it seems to avoid any political allegiance. It challenges the research, myths and proposals of think tanks, magazines and well known authors on both sides of the debate.
The author establishes clearer definitions and rules for building a more comprehensive data set regarding mass shootings and rampage violence than those that have come before. He explores several cases in extreme detail. The evolution of firearm technology is explored and shows how each evolution changes the game for the worst.
This is a very thought out case for ten steps as detailed by the author for closing loopholes in existing legislation, restricting certain technology and creating certain changes to the judicial system that would ultimately gain control over rampage violence.
Rampage Nation is certainly not a light read, but a very necessary one for all of us. Dr. Klarevas focuses on the problem of mass shootings in American society, skillfully using case studies such as the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007 and the Aurora Theater shooting of 2012 to paint a grim picture of how the availability of military grade weapons and disturbed individuals leads to life changing and life ending tragedy for ordinary people caught up in the madness. He takes on the "good guy with a gun" theory that is being peddled about and demonstrates that this idea, while sounding good in 30 second sound bites, has no basis in fact. He offers common sense prescriptions for the problem that protect American gun owner rights while also greatly enhancing public safety.