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Mass shootings remain rare compared to overall gun violence

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – The year 2020 saw the highest number of gun deaths in the United States, according to Pew Research, with more than 45,000. Of those, about half were suicides and 1% were mass shootings. 

On college campuses, gun violence and mass shootings are even more rare, according to researcher James Alan Fox at Northeastern University. 

“We don’t want to minimize the suffering of the of the victims, their families, the campus. It’s a horrific event when it happens, but it is rare,” Fox said. 

According to Fox’s research, since 1990, there have been 26 shootings on U.S. college campuses involving two or more victims. Two of those shootings involved Michigan schools – Central Michigan University in March 2018 and Monday night’s shooting at Michigan State University.  

Continue reading at CBS News.

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