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Are most mass shooters Democrats? This representative said they are.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5420171/Republican-congresswoman-Many-mass-murderers-Democrats.html

'Yeah, well, obviously there is a lot of politics in it, and it's interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn't talk about that either,' Tenney told talk show host Fred Dicker without providing evidence to support her claims.

Objective question: What percentage of US mass shooters in the last 50 years are registered Democrats?

Here is a partial list of mass shootings. It left off Plano, TX, 8 killed. It also has shootings with only 3 fatalities, while mass shootings are generally defined as 4 fatalities (not including shooter). If that list was consistent, why didn't they include the Ohio baby party 'mass shooting' with many injured but only 1 fatality?

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    snopes.com/democrat-shooters-list Looks like snopes has already looked at this. – Jack Of All Trades 234 Feb 22 '18 at 21:03
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    Either there is evidence (and the list is therefore either correct or incorrect) or there is no evidence (and the list is statistically irrealistic). In either case the question seems answerable. – Sklivvz Feb 22 '18 at 22:27
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    Another factor here: Shooters tend to be young. Young people tend to be Democrats. Even if there is a pattern you have to check this before drawing a conclusion. – Loren Pechtel Feb 23 '18 at 4:32
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    @LorenPechtel Do you have evidence? The Las Vegas shooter was 64. The congress baseball shooter was 66. – Chloe Feb 23 '18 at 5:13
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    These Twitter images state somewhat related claims, but are very small samples and may be cherry-picked. Twitter image one, Twitter image two It turns out one of the lists was debunked by Snopes. – Chloe Feb 23 '18 at 5:22
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There is little evidence upon which this list is based, even after extensive searches, and many of those records seem to be inaccurate, or later corrected.

To quote Snopes:

We searched contemporary reports for each of the listed incidents in an attempt to uncover any mentions of political affiliations, motivations, or voting records. Many of these items can be traced back to poor reporting, articles that were later corrected, or fake news items. And although we encountered this meme (or a similar list) on a variety of web sites, none of these publications provided any documentation to back up these claims.

Verifying this information through online state voting registrations proved problematic as deceased individuals are removed from these databases. We reached out to state historical societies for additional documentation, but several of the states we contacted told us that voter registration records weren’t archived. Even if they were, however, one’s official party registration can often contradict one’s political beliefs.

Given the difficulty of finding the political affiliation of many of the individuals on this list, we are highly skeptical that this list is based on credible information.

Source: this Snopes article which examines the claim in considerable detail.

The Snopes article goes through the 20 claims one-by-one. One can refer to Snopes for the details, but net-net is that Snopes rated one item "mostly true" (Lee Harvey Oswald), eight items "false" or "mostly false", and 11 items as "unproven". In general, the "unproven" decision was due to a lack of any hard evidence as to the political affiliation of the shooter.

I'll add the historical observation that, between roughly 1900 and 1964 the Republican and Democratic parties almost exactly switched sides philosophically. So claims that someone was a Democrat in the 1800s, (the Lincoln and Garfield assassinations), is essentially a claim that they would be a Republican by today's standards.

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    One thing is using a reputable source to show that evidence is lacking, another is copy/pasting a large part of their work verbatim. We can't do the latter! I've significantly edited our parts of your question that were either almost plagiarizing, cherry picking their findings or adding your own unrelated commentary. – Sklivvz Feb 23 '18 at 7:27
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    Switched sides in what way? This trope is foolish? Were the Democrats for small, limited government before 1964? Were Republicans pro abortion before 1964? (Obviously not - for a variety of reasons.) Each party is comprised of many factions, each ebbing and flowing in its influence and importance. – Mayo Jul 2 '18 at 16:57
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    @DanielRHicks - The Democrats in the 20th C were never for small, constitutionally limited government - ever. The Republicans had proponents in the 1920s (Coolidge) and then later the Goldwater - Reagan faction. This faction has rarely been powerful but I don't see this strain existing within the Democratic Party (maybe JFK to a limited degree.) This trope is used to say that racist democrats became Republican. Racist Democrats refused to vote Republican and they slowly died off. The south became Republican not over race but, first over labor (right to work), and later progressive politics. – Mayo Jul 2 '18 at 19:45
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    @Mayo - The southern Democrats, in particular, were proponents of limited government, well into the 60s. And the southern Democrats were a very powerful faction. And many Republicans were pro-abortion up until maybe 1955, when the anti-abortion faction took over the GOP. – Daniel R Hicks Jul 2 '18 at 20:50
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    I respectfully disagree about the Southern Democrats being for limited government. To a limited extent (race) they were for States Rights but I would hesitate to call them for limited government. (They used the power of the state to oppress black people.) Abortion became a point of contention only after Roe v Wade. The Republican Party, as with the Democratic Party, has several factions. The Rockefeller "Country Club" faction never had a problem with abortion; it was never a priority one way or the other for free-market, small-govt types. Post Roe v Wade it became more important . > – Mayo Jul 2 '18 at 21:41

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