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UA professor studying mass shootings

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A University of Alabama professor has been looking into mass shootings and the reason why they happen so much in the United States.

"I thought, 'Again? Already?' Really, that is what I thought. It has been just five weeks since the Las Vegas shooting," Adam Lankford said. 

Professor Lankford studies mass shootings over 40 years and 141 countries. What he found was there is a direct link between the amount of guns in one country and mass shootings occurring. "It's not the suicide rates. It’s not the homicide rates. It's really firearm ownership rates. Unfortunately, we have more than twice the amount of guns as any other country," Lankford said.

Lankford says if the number of guns were limited for gun owners, then it would bring down mass shootings significantly. The UA professor admits that would be difficult to do politically. Gun ownership has been linked to the foundation of the country.  

Still, he says the country should do more to offer mental health services. Lankford also believes the media can play a part in bringing down the number of mass shootings in the United States by giving less publicity to these mass shooters. 

"There is a problem making these individuals into what is functionally celebrities because they then became role models for inspiring substance attackers," Lankford said.

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