Mass Shooters by Race and Hispanic Ethnicity: Not Far off from the Population as a Whole
It’s not clear to me how useful it is to identify the racial and ethnic breakdown of mass shooters—but it is pretty clear that it’s not useful to misidentify that breakdown. And the suggestion I’ve seen from various people (one example here) that mass shooters are disproportionately white does seem to be a mistake.
Here, for instance, is the data based on the Mother Jones database of 121 mass shootings from 1982 to 2021 (unlikely, given the source, to be influenced by conservative ideology), compared to the 2000 Census statistics on the population as a whole (on the theory that it should roughly approximate the population average from 1982 to 2021):
|Race||% of mass shooters||% of population|
Of course, there’s a lot of fuzziness along the edges. For instance, I calculated the white n
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