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Re SH: "It had to have taken years"

In this Daily News article - aside from the fact that, although the hard drive was supposedly destroyed, a gigantic and incriminating spreadsheet would be left intact, two observations by a "law enforcement veteran" seemed odd: first, the comprehensive nature of the information on that spreadsheet; second, the tactics used by the shooter:

1) “Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons. It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research.”

Is it possible that the spreadsheet info was, actually, from someone's doctoral thesis, maybe on the subject of "gun violence in America" (or some related topic)? Or, I wonder how the information on the spreadsheet compares to, for instance, the info in the "new study commissioned by Mayors Against Illegal Violence" reported by the Washington Post (February, 2013). The Post notes the following:

"The researchers pored through the FBI database and recent media reports for every mass shooting since January 2009 — that is, incidents in which at least four people were murdered by guns."

A footnote states: "It’s worth noting that Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is a group that strongly supports stricter gun-control laws. But for those who want to double-check their claims, the group lists every single mass shooting incident — as well as the relevant details — in the report."

2) “They believe he learned the principles of this — the tactical reload — from his game. Reload before you’re completely out. Keep going. When the strap broke on his first weapon (the AR-15), he went to his handgun at the end. Classic police training. Or something you learn playing kill games.” Well, one or the other.

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