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Multiple Killings Committed with a Firearm

Keywords: Poisson regression, offset


A number of homicide incidents in Australia have involved multiple killings. A multiple killing is defined as any incident where two or more persons are murdered. According to available literature, there have been 24 multiple killings by firearm between 1987 and 1996. These resulted in 128 deaths. The data give the number of multiple killings which have been recorded for the period 1987 to 28 April 1996.

Variable Description

Year 1987 - 1996.
Incidents Number of multiple killings
Deaths Total number of deaths

The data for the year 1996 include killings only up to and including 28 April.


Data file (tab-delimited text)


Crook, J. & Harding, A. (1994). Gun Massacres in Australia. The Case for Gun Control, 2nd edn, Gun Control Australia Inc., Chelsea, Vic.
Parliamentary Research Service (1996). After Port Arthur Issues of Gun Control in Australia. Current Issues Brief No. 16 1995-1996.
The data was contributed by Rex Boggs, Glenmore State High School, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.




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