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Have 82 officers been charged for on-duty shootings since 2005?

Multiple news sources ranging from 2 years ago to now, such as CNN, NBC, New York Magazine, PBS, Salon, Vox, and NPR mention that between 2005 and May 2017, around 80 police officers have been charged ...
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Are individuals with severe mental illness “much more likely” to be victims than perpetrators of violence?

From an NPR article discussing whether planning a shooting breaks the law: Advocates often bristle when people lump mental health into conversations about mass shooters. They argue that individuals ...
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Did Solovief fire a rifle bullet through 8 people (and into a 9th)?

Recently, I have been reading the "Compilation of Narratives of Explorations in Alaska" published by the Senate Committee on Military Affairs. You can read this story below: It was Solovief who ...
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Did a homeowner fend-off three armed intruders with a high capacity magazine?

A recent NBC News article, Judge blocks California's ban on high-capacity magazines over 2nd Amendment concerns claims the judge wrote an 86 page decision that included a story that a woman fended-...
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Do illegal immigrants commit more murders than mass shooters?

Notable claim The claim I wish to examine is from dcwhispers.com, Case in point—the number of deaths, assaults, and sex crimes, including human trafficking, taking place on America’s southern ...
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Do gang-members often hold their guns sideways?

It is often portrayed in the media that members of US gangs (e.g. the Crips and Bloods) typically hold their guns sideways. Here is a stock photo illustrating how they are portrayed in the media. Is ...
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Is the USA “not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings”? [duplicate]

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America claims that: the United States is not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings. In California, gun control ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

According to an OpEd in the NY Post by John Lott and Michael Weisser that cites a report by the Crime Prevention Research Center, America doesn't lead the world in mass shootings. "Of the 86 ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

Reading the New York Times today, I came across this very amusing "tourism video" touting the benefit of visiting/moving to Australia, namely, "You Won't Get Shot". Don’t Get Shot in America. Live in ...
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In the American west—the world of cowboys and cowhands—was ammunition traded for alcoholic “shots” of a drink?

CLARIFICATION: Just so it’s clear, this question is specifically about the economic claims made by the meme presented below. It is a NOT question concerning the origins and etymology of the word “shot”...
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Are handguns used in 80% of mass shootings?

I've heard it several times, "More than 80% of mass shootings are carried out with handguns", often on social media, for example: Handguns are responsible for more than 80% of mass shootings ......
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Was David Blaine's bullet catch real? [closed]

Link: David Blaine catches a .22 caliber bullet fired from a rifle into a small metal cup in his mouth. He essentially stops a bullet, but his head barely moves back. Wouldn't the momentum of bullet ...
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Are more people killed with hammers than with guns in the US? [closed]

There are countless sources claiming that There are more deaths from being attacked by hammers than by guns. http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/10/second_amendment_gun_control_a.html ...
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Did “paranoid” crack dealers fuel adoption of semiautomatics?

This answer cites a recent Time story (titled either Florida School Shooting: Why Civilians Started Buying AR-15s or Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the ...
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Can arming teachers prevent gun violence at schools? [duplicate]

According to the BBC: US President Donald Trump has said arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that which left 17 people dead last week in Florida. A staff member with a gun ...
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Did the USA used to have more guns per person that it does now?

The recent Florida school shooting and its causes has been addressed on this site in this question which addresses whether factors other than access to guns are significant based on statements by the ...
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Did police search a student's home after a square root symbol was mistaken for a gun?

The Miami Herald reports: Students in Louisiana thought this math symbol looked like a gun. Police were called. A discussion among students at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, La., about a ...
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Are schools with armed guards or police safer?

The Huffington Post recently ran a story featuring Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA saying that, "Putting police and armed security guards in our schools to protect our children ... it's the ...
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Were there armed guards at Columbine?

Ran across this editorial by Brandon Friedman in the NY Daily News: Arming teachers in the classroom will cost kids' lives ... There were armed guards at Columbine, the Pulse nightclub and in ...
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Are most US mass shooters Democrats?

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, ...
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Did Donald Trump ever say whether or not to arm teachers?

In the media today, reports from the press are being seen in which President Donald Trump said "I never said to give teachers guns." Given his bombastic personality, it doesn't seem outside the realm ...
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Would arming teachers prevent or lessen US school schootings? [duplicate]

Dupe voters, this is not a dupe. I wish answers only about teachers, not general members of the public. Please re-open According to the BBC, US President Donald Trump has said arming teachers ...
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Is it true Democrats did not want to pass any gun control laws when they had majorities in Congress during Obama's presidency? [closed]

Per Trump's recent Tweet he said the Democrats didn't pass any gun control legislation when they had majorities in both houses of Congress during Obama's presidency because they didn't want to. ...
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Are violent video games a better explanation of school shootings than access to guns?

This site already has a question on the general relationship of video games and violence. But the recent Florida school shooting has raised a more specific set of claims that deserve to be addressed. ...
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Did the UK homicide rate go up after handgun ownership was banned?

During debates about gun control, I have seen gun advocates quote a statistic that the UK homicide rate increased in 1996 following a ban on handguns. Furthermore, the claim usually goes on to suggest ...
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Do SSRIs cause mass shootings/violence? [duplicate]

I'm am frequently seeing claims that anti-depressants are causing mass shootings. Here's one example from 1 Apr 2013: Ammoland Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- Nearly every mass shooting incident ...
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Are ladders more dangerous than guns? [closed]

You know, studies show that keeping a ladder inside the house is more dangerous than a loaded gun. That's why I own ten guns, in case some maniac tries to sneak in a ladder. - Grunkle Stan I've ...
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Were enough guns to arm the Marine Corps sold during Black Friday 2017?

According to this article by The Tribunist (which in turn quotes USA Today) (emphasis added): In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 [background check] requests on Black Friday, up from the previous ...
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Was the Browning Automatic Rifle kept from US troops during WWI?

On the History Channel show Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 2 (S05E30) there is a segment on the French Chauchat rifle. Dr. Jack Atwater, former director of the US Army Ordnance Museum, makes ...
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Has the American Congress blocked the CDC from studying why guns are so attractive? [duplicate]

I live in Australia. One of the country's most revered radio stations hosts one of the country's most revered scientists in a fun QnA session known as the 'Science Hour'. Listeners phone in with their ...
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Did House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi say that she hopes banning bump stocks is a slippery slope for more gun restrictions?

There seems to be a fairly widespread claim that, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said "I certainly hope" voting on a bill regulating or banning "bump stocks" will be a slippery ...
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Are fully automatic firearms very hard for civilians to obtain in the USA?

In the wake of another horrific mass shooting incident in the USA which appears to have involved an automatic weapon I was surprised the read the following in the Weekly Standard: Automatic rifles, ...
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Did the Canadian government look through a catalogue of guns and ban the scary looking ones?

In Canada, certain firearms are classified as "prohibited", and one cannot possess or acquire them unless they were owned before the law was made. Such firearms include .25 and .32 calibre handguns, ...
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Do gun homicides and suicides kill more Americans than war?

In a 2015 column in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof, the following two claims are made: More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in ...
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Is this a video of Russian high school children assembling an assault rifle as part of their core education?

I came across an interesting video found on Facebook. It claims to be high school children in Russia working within a high school course. The interesting thing is that the children are assembling and ...
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Is it easier for a teenager to get their hands on a gun than a computer or a book? [closed]

In a recent speech, President Obama said: As a society, we choose to under-invest in decent schools. We allow poverty to fester so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment....
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The problem with freezing oil gun for the firearms [closed]

A detailed question is the next. It is not specifically about WW2. It is about firearms and freezing gun oil in general. Whether it is possible even today to have a malfunctioning gun which was oiled, ...
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Did Democrats protest lack of vote on a bill that ACLU argued as “undermining civil liberties”?

There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing "We Shall Overcome" while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have "strongly" argued ...
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Do Republican legislatures tend to relax gun laws after mass shootings?

The Economist says the following in an article on recent mass shootings in the USA which discusses the evidence that restrictions on gun ownership reduce deaths: ...a mass shooting leads to a 75% ...
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Is this graph of “mass shootings” backed up by reliable data?

There's this graph on the internets: But I was unable to find any sources of the data. Most of the sites that present the graph seem to be politically oriented. Is this backed by any hard data?
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Has the United States had 7 mass shootings in the past week? [closed]

I keep seeing a claim on social media claiming something to the effect of: [First world country] has had [small number] mass shootings since [18whatever] The US has had 7 since Monday. I'm ...
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Did toddlers with guns claim more American lives than terrorism in 2015?

The Economist isn't a fan of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. In an analysis of his ascendence to the Republican nomination they try to discern some of the factors. As part of their list of ...
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If one man is shot in the head while holding a gun to another man, can the former get a shot off on the latter?

In the movies, the following situation is routine: One man is hunting down another. Upon locating him, the hunter points his firearm at the hunted's head at close range. At this very moment, an ...
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Do more than 1/3 of Kansas residents own guns?

The image below, circulating on Facebook and clearly edited, claims that Over 1,000,000 Kansas residents own guns. Kansas has just under 3 million residents in total, which would mean that more ...
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Gun control: are domestic disputes a major cause of gun deaths in the US? [closed]

Some years ago I heard an interesting gun-control argument that I've never seen repeated. It goes like this: A (male) and B(female) are a married or otherwise cohabiting couple. They are arguing ...
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Do 3400 Americans die from household firearms every five weeks?

From Neil deGrasse Tyson 3,400: Americans who died by Terrorism since 2001 3,400: Americans who died by household Firearms since five weeks ago. Several users have since asked for a source, ...
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Do [US] states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths?

In his statements on the Umpqua Community College shootings (video), President Obama said We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. I'm interested to know ...
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Do people fall over when shot because they've seen it on films?

I heard this anecdote from someone who watched this QI episode: The reason people fall over when they have been shot is because they have seen people do it in films. You never fall from being shot ...
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Did Lenin say this about guns?

a system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie - Lenin This quote can be found all over the internet, but I can't find any reliable sources ...
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Did the crime rate drop after mandatory gun ownership in Kennesaw, Georgia?

This is posted on Facebook: Was such a law actually passed? Did crime rates in the city really drop?