Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings
Rampage Nation
Author(s) Louis Klarevas
Published 2016
Publisher Prometheus Books
Country United States
Pages 397
ISBN 9781633880665

Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings is a book by Louis Klarevas, published by Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY in 2016.


In the past decade, no individual act of violence has killed more people in the United States than the mass shooting. This well-researched, forcefully argued book answers some of the most pressing questions facing our society: Why do people go on killing sprees? Are gun-free zones magnets for deadly rampages? What can we do to curb the carnage of this disturbing form of firearm violence?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the author shows that gun possession often prods aggrieved, mentally unstable individuals to go on shooting sprees; these attacks largely occur in places where guns are not prohibited by law; and sensible gun control measures like the federal assault weapons ban—which helped drastically reduce rampage violence when it was in effect—are instrumental to keeping Americans safe from mass shootings in the future.

To stem gun massacres, the author proposes several original policy prescriptions, including a high-capacity magazine ban and buy-back program, the establishment of multi-jurisdictional task forces to assess active shooter threats, and an overhaul of the way the justice system investigates and prosecutes violent crimes. Calling attention to the unique security threat of mass shootings, Rampage Nation demonstrates that there are practical ways to stem this growing form of gun violence through smart, creative solutions.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Preface 9
Acknowledgments 13
Part 1: Problem
Chapter One: Sandy Hook 17
Chapter Two: The Beginning of Wisdom 31
Chapter Three: A Growing Threat 49
Part 2: Probe
Chapter Four: Unstable, Angry, Armed Men 89
Chapter Five: No Place is Safe 131
Chapter Six: Guns Kill, Some More than Others 183
Part 3: Prescription
Chapter Seven: Breaking the Trinity 229
Chapter Eight: The Bad Man's Awe 249
Chapter Nine: The New Normal 267
Appendix A: A Theoretical Profile of Seung Hui Cho: From the Perspective of a Forensic Behavioral Scientist, by Roger L. Depue, PhD 271
Postscript 277
Notes 279
Index 363

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