1. a spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind
2. spree killing* - an event in which a person murders 4 or more people, in a short span of time, with little to no time break
There is no universally accepted term or definition for all of the mass murders we experience in the US. Rather than attempt to find one, we opt for an outdated term rife with ambiguity to draw attention to the history and difficulty of classifying these types of attacks.
The Violence Project has one of the best and most comprehensive data sets for analyzing mass shootings and their cutting-edge research is presented in our documentary as the leading standard.
A snapshot of their findings and statistics are presented below.
* This definition is unique to the documentary. It was adapted from the definition used by the FBI until 2005, the modern term is Active Shooter.
Over 80% of mass shooters were in a noticeable crisis prior to their shooting
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