Among the startling details in America’s latest mass shooting was the location: a church Bible study.
A gunman killed nine people from a historic African American congregation in Charleston on Wednesday. The incident is the deadliest church attack in decades.
Last year, 74 people died during violent altercations at churches. A quarter of those occured during attempted robberies.
Other motives included domestic violence and mental illness. Religious bias only triggered 6 percent of attacks, according to Chinn's assessment. (His research did not track racism as a factor.)
Like shooting suspect Dylann Roof, the vast majority of aggressors—nearly 8 in 10 of them—were not affiliated with the church.
Following the tragedy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, writers and ...1