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    The Impact of Mass Shootings on Gun Stock Prices and Sales: Exploring Long Run Correlation by Petersilge, Stephen

    Mass shootings have been increasing at an alarming rate in recent decades. While no economic research has currently been completed on the subject, popular literature points to a national response of increased gun sales and rising gun stock prices. By examining the entirety of mass shootings between 2000 and 2016, I explore if all mass shootings elicit a response of increased gun sales, resulting in increased gun stock prices. I examine if there are specific traits of mass shootings that evoke a national response. The results suggest that not all mass shootings induce a spike in gun sales or gun stock prices. However, there are attributes of mass shootings that draw a larger response. This study pinpoints the traits of mass shootings that cause spikes in both gun sales and gun stock prices.