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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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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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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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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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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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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 Americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). About 1 in 3 of those are ...
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Will a bullet be split in half if it hits a butter knife that is fixed in place?

I was reading a manga, and I saw this: So I was wondering. Will a bullet be split in half if it hits a butter knife that is fixed in place? Have there been experiments to test that?
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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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Can you make an explosion by shooting at fuel or fuel tank?

I see this a lot in movies. Have anyone studied whether this is easily doable?
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What is the value of armed bystanders in preventing gun deaths?

On Nov. 5, 2009, 12 soldiers and one civilian were killed, and more than two dozen others were wounded, when a gunman walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood and opened fire. ...
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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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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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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

The following image has been making the rounds on social media: Is the infographic even accurate? If so is the conclusion it's pushing backed up by valid statistics? (that there's a clear correlation ...
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How often are guns used by private citizens in self defense per year in the United States?

According to Wikipedia the numbers reported range from 65 thousand to 2.5 million. I am very skeptical of the 2.5 million figure and in fact I am even skeptical of the 65 thousand figure. This ...
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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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Did violent gun crime rates rise in Australia after the 1996 gun control laws?

In 1996 Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) which greatly restricted the option to legally own some types of guns by private citizens. The activist site, World Public Union claims ...
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Does increased gun ownership in the US correlate with a reduction in violent crime rates?

This is somewhat of the converse of the question Is Gun Control Effective: A quote of famous musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent has been making the rounds on the Internet again lately: Where you ...
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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 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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Can you shoot a locked door open?

I think Mythbusters did padlocks, but I don't know if they did the standard door lock test. We see it in movies and tv shows, but can a locked door be "unlocked" by shooting the lock with a handgun? ...
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Did a Florida woman get 20 years jail for firing warning shots in the air?

In the wake of the recent Zimmerman trial, Shan Diddy (@shannycat81) posted a tweet that was retweeted over 7,000 times, including by noted skeptic, Paul Provenza. Meanwhile, ALSO in Florida, a ...
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Was George Washington the source of this quote equating government gun control with evil intentions?

The latest gun advocacy rhetoric I've seen includes this quote, attributed to George Washington: When any nation mistrusts its citizens with guns it is sending a clear message. It no longer trusts ...
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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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Have Iceland's police only ever shot one person dead?

Is it true that Iceland's police force(s) have only shot and killed one person ever? Bloomberg reports (December 3, 2013): Icelandic police shot dead a man who refused to stop firing at them with ...
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Can a gun be silenced like in the movies?

The depiction of guns in movies is, famously, not very exact. (Guns are cocked dramatically a thousand times over and safety standards don't even seem to exist). However, one aspect I was wondering ...
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Are more people accidentally killed by doctors than accidentally killed by guns and traffic combined?

The actual claim is something like this The top five causes of death in the United States, in order, are tobacco, alcohol, medical malpractice, traffic and firearms. According to JAMA, doctors ...
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If comparing white populations, does the U.S. have the same murder rate as Belgium?

Ann Coulter recently made the following claim on the FOX News show 'Hannity': On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they're so low, and they have no guns. If you ...
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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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Would a human shield work?

In a movie I watched recently the hero grabs an enemy and uses him/her as a shield protecting himself from the bullets of other enemies. When those other enemies shoot at the hero they hit the "...
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Does an average criminal with a gun hit a running human target only with 4% probability?

The Live Well Naturally website says in an article entitled "9 crucial tips written by a cop. This might save someone's life.": If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ...
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Can a gun be made from ceramic?

In the film Die Hard 2 one of the bad guys has a porcelain gun (clip): That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It's a porcelain gun made in Germany. Doesn't show up on your airport ...
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Were firearms prohibited in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s?

This image has made the rounds in various discussions of gun control in the USA. The picture was purportedly taken in Dodge City, Kansas (Popular culture's quintessential Wild West town, populated by ...
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Are over 90% of school shooters on anti-psychotics?

The video The Truthseeker: Schools, Guns & Drugs claims that over 90% of "school shooters" were on presciption drugs (voice-over) or anti-psychotics (subtitles). It seems to me that it would be ...
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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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Can a bullet ricochet back at the shooter?

There are a few videos on the internet that show long-range firing going almost deadly, when, supposedly, the shooter's own bullet ricochets at the target area, and comes flying back at the shooter. ...
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If attacked, does having a handgun increase your chance of injury?

Rape survivor Amanda Collins spoke during a legislative hearing concerning Colorado’s proposed ban on concealed firearms on college campuses. She explained how she wished she would’ve had a firearm to ...
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Can you buy a gun from a vending machine in Georgia or South Africa?

I read this article from a Facebook post: Daily Current: Georgia Legalizes Handgun Vending Machines I was skeptical, but then I found this article which says the vending machine is in South Africa: ...
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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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Did Seal Team Six fire more rounds in one year than the entire Marine Corps's ammunition allowance?

In season 2, episode 7 of Black Ops, the narrator asserts that In one year, Seal Team Six fired more rounds than the entire Marine Corps ammunition allowance. Thats a pretty impressive statistic, ...
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Are guns in the USA used 80 times more often to protect life than to take it?

I came across this American Gun Facts web-site recently: Every year, guns are used over 80x more often to protect a life than to take one!* [...] Based upon Kleck & Gertz ...
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Matching bullets to handguns (Ballistic fingerprinting)

Ballistic fingerprinting has been used as evidence in US courts and elsewhere. In this method found bullets are compared based on markings the firing gun left on them. This should allow to prove which ...
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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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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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Did the Liberator pistol take longer to reload than to manufacture?

It is said the the Liberator pistol made bay the U.S. in WWII took longer to reload than it did to manufacture the gun, is this true? The Liberator was a single-shot pistol stamped out of sheet ...
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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 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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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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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?
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Is there any place where you need one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check?

This XKCD comic strip has the following alt text: I hear in some places, you need one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check. It's interesting who has what incentives to care about ...