Professor Peter Squires, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Criminology, drew the analogy as he prepared to travel to Las Vegas, scene of the latest shooting in which 58 people died and hundreds were injured.
Professor Squires, who has advised Home Office researchers on gun crime, was in great demand from the world’s media after the shootings and conducted no fewer than 14 interviews. Here, he gives his thoughts on the latest carnage.
“So far this year in the USA, there have been 282 mass shootings – defined by the FBI as incidents involving four or more gunshot casualties, and these do not include the perpetrators who may have been shot by police or committed suicide.
This latest massacre grabbed my attention like no other by marking a new level of indiscriminate gun violence.
Another reason it caught my attention was because I am flying to Vegas in a few days, en route to a ‘Critical Firearm Studies’ conference at the University of Arizona’s Tucson campus. Every TV image of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay hotel where the shooter launched his deadly attack, revealed the profile of the hotel next door where I will be staying.