Agent-Based Simulation of Mass Shootings: Determining How to Limit the Scale of a Tragedy

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Roy Hayes; Reginald Hayes;
  • Subject: Mass Shootings, Public Policy, Criminology

An agent-based simulation was created to examine key parameters in mass shootings. The goal of the simulation was to examine the potential effectiveness of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) assault weapons and high-capacity magazines bill. Based on the analysis, t... View more
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    3.14 On July 20th, James Holmes committed a mass shooting in a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Mr. Holmes was armed with a 12-gague Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun, Smith & Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle, and a Glock 22 40-caliber handgun. It is important to note that all the aforementioned firearms violated Senator Dianne Feinstein assault weapon ban. After releasing tear gas into the theater, James Holmes fired approximately 110 rounds, striking 58 people (CBC News 2012; Fahrenthold 2012; Parker 2012). The Aurora Colorado shooting was used as a test case to validate the previously mentioned simulation assumptions.

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