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behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.

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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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Is the USA murder rate at a high? Specifically is it at a 45 year high?

Current US President Donald Trump is on record as repeatedly saying that "The murder rate is the highest it's been in I guess 45-47 years." Is that true?
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Have more Americans been killed in schools than in military service this year?

I've just come across a tweet by @spectatorindex that reads: In 2018, more Americans have died in schools, with twenty-nine people killed, than in military service, where thirteen troops have been ...
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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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Was there violence on both sides in Charlottesville?

Was violence was perpetrated by factions on both the left and the right side of the political spectrum during this rally? A specific quote by US president Donald Trump is: TRUMP: The driver of ...
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Do violent video games cause violent behavior?

I have been following this question casually over the past couple of years, and it seemed to me that there was no strong consensus either way on the subject. However, I recently read an editorial from ...
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In the US, are three women killed each day by their male partners?

In 2013, CNN made this claim: Each day - Three or more women are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands on average, according to the American Psychology Association. Indeed, the linked APA ...
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Do children who kill animals turn out to be violent?

It is widely claimed that children who injure or kill animals as children are more likely to exhibit violent behavior as adults, committing domestic violence or murder. A site dedicated to discussing ...
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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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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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Was the wild west less violent than the current west?

Matt Ridley's latest book has a chapter on the evolution of government, in which he starts by making the startling statement: The truth is that the wild west was without much government, but it was ...
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Does getting married prevent violence against women and children?

The American newspaper the Washington Post's PostEverything Op-Ed One way to end violence against women? Married dads. (previously titled "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and ...
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Were there more suicides than violent deaths worldwide in 2018?

According to this article at lidovky.cz, there were more suicides than violent deaths all over the world in 2018. Is that true? The important part of the original (Czech) article: 817 000 versus ...
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Are annual female rape and male “made to penetrate” rates similar in the US?

In the 2010 Summary Report of the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, there are two figures that are surprisingly similar: In Table 2.1, they claim the 12-month weighted rate ...
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Does listening to rap music increase violent behavior?

Related (Kind of) Classical music in public places: does it affect violence? Do violent video games cause violent behavior? Can music incite murder? I've heard many people say that listening to rap, ...
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Does mixed-sex education increase violence in schools?

TSA-Alerie reports [French] that a poster on a conference at the National Library of Algeria has a controversial claim: La mixité sexuelle à l’école est la cause numéro un de la violence scolaire ...
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Is there a correlation between mass-murder and use of psychoactive prescription drugs such as SSRIs?

It seems to be a commonly-held belief that there is a strong correlation between the use of prescription drugs such as SSRIs and mass-shooters. For instance, this claim: Every mass shooting over ...
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Were the majority of people at the Pulse nightclub killed by police?

At the MTV/BET town hall meeting a person mentioned that Police killed the majority of the people at pulse that night to which the moderators replied "hmmm". On the No Agenda Show, they've ...
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Is this “whites killed by whites” diagram wrong?

I found the following diagram on twitter: (Sorry for not giving the source: I don't know how to link there.) The diagram gives the impression that if you're a white person (in USA), then you're ...
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Are police officer's families 2-4 times more likely to experience domestic violence?

I was wondering the accuracy of this claim: Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, ... in contrast to 10% of families in the general ...
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Are people with depression more likely to commit murder?

Are people with depression more likely to commit murder than people without depression? In Claims about Andreas Lubitz's mental health only serve to stigmatise depression, Pete Etchells writes ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a secret torture chamber in New York City?

The NY Post reported this week that Saddam Hussein had a secret torture chamber in New York City between 1979 and 2003. The sources the paper cites are two "anonymous officials". The paper does not ...
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Are perpetrators in mass killings more likely to play violent video games?

To be clear: I am not asking if violent video games cause violent behavior. That is covered here. I am more interested if there is any correlation between violent video games and mass killings. I ...
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Are men raped at a higher rate than women, after considering prison rape?

I've seen a number of articles claiming that contrary to what one might expect, American men are raped more often than women when one takes in to account prison rape. Is this accurate? Examples of ...
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Do certain non-verbal physiological signs always precede the use of violence?

http://nononsenseselfdefense.com/five_stages.html http://nononsenseselfdefense.com/intent.htm The author here makes an interesting claim: No one - not even habitualy violent people - can start ...
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Is domestic violence the leading cause of injury to women between ages of 15 and 44?

In the wake of the 2014 Santa Barbara mass shooting, there's been a justifiable outcry over domestic violence, especially sexual violence. One of the items often cited [e.g.] is the following: ...
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Did the Aurora, Colorado movie theater killer select the only nearby theater where guns were prohibited?

I heard a claim on an AM radio talk show that in the July 2012 Aurora, CO movie theater mass shooting rampage (also known as the Batman shooting), the killer chose the only local theater that was a "...
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Are one in five children in Europe victims of sexual violence?

I was recently asked to sign a petition for a campaign against sexual violence against children. The petition claimed that one in five children are victims of some form of sexual violence in Europe. ...
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Is half of all domestic violence committed by women against men? [duplicate]

A friend online showed a picture that said "Half of all domestic violence is perpetrated by women" and referenced a paper called Thirty Years of Denying the Evidence on Gender Symmetry in Partner ...
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Did a man get heckled for dressing up as a Nazi—and dressing up his son as Adolf Hitler—at a local Halloween event in 2018?

I saw this tweet on Twitter (it’s been self deleted by its author since it was first posted here, but add Wayback Machine link for reference) and am a bit skeptical about the claims made it—and ...
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Does Alabama or Arkansas have (unenforced) laws permitting men to beat wives up to once per month?

A conversation on Reddit mentioned that in Alabama, the law states that it's legal for a man to beat his wife as long as he doesn't do it more than once per month. If this law is still around, I ...
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Deaths due to firearms in the US since Civil War

Quite a while ago I stumbled upon a data set from an official US source (or at least a very credible one) listing the detailed accounts of deaths due to firearms per year in the United States. Now, ...
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Did Muslims in the Middle East cut off the breasts of Christian women?

A Conservative Infidel article from 2014 made a claim (that was repeated in a forum for Americans for Legal Immigration PAC) that: Muslims in the Middle East took Christian girls and cut their ...
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Is large Muslim immigration within an European country a cause for higher sexual violence in that particular country?

An article in FrontPage Magazine argues that: the more open a European country is to Muslim mass migration, the more dangerous it is to women. It provides various examples of European countries ...
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Do sales of baseball bats in Russia greatly exceed the number used to play baseball?

A number of not particularly well reported stories have gone around recently citing a statement that Moscow's chief of traffic police gave to Tass in September of 2015, claiming that "500,000 baseball ...
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Does the Quran promote violence? [closed]

Does the Qur'an promote violence towards others, or does it promote peace? I hear a lot of people saying that it promotes peace, but this seems like wishful thinking to me (both by believers and ...
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Did the victim of neo-Nazi violence as reported in Pink News die?

From Pink News: The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed [by Spectrum Human Rights]. ... PinkNews is unable to verify ...
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African Pentecostal Witch Hunting Guide real?

I found this online: "The African Pentecostal Church's Guide of Inquisitions of Witches and Magicians in the African Continent - 1989 (Translated from the Swahili Manuscript of the late Bakari Sudi ...
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Is this Donald Trump and did he slap the governor of Mexico City?

Someone sent me a video that has been going around where Donald Trump allegedly slaps/fights the governor of Mexico City. I'm skeptical about such claim. A quick search took me to this website which ...
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Correlation between MAO-A gene and murderers / sex offenders

The MAO-A gene, also known as the "Warrior gene", is thought to cause increased antisocial and violent behavior patterns in people who have experienced an abusive childhood. [ref] Caspi et. al. found ...
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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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Has Sam Harris ever 'sanctified' violence against Muslims? [closed]

Scenario In this video, Chris Hedges states that Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have 'sanctified' violence against Muslims because [Muslims] are barbaric. Question Are there any instances that ...
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Did a victim of Weinstein testify in a letter that the acts performed were consensual?

The German newspaper FAZ reports: Die Ankläger erreichte eine schriftliche Stellungnahme der früheren Nachwuchsschauspielerin Lucia Evans. Darin beschrieb Evans den Oralsex mit Weinstein in dessen ...
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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 mass murderers in the US mostly white? [duplicate]

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/06/are_most_mass_murderers_really_white.html Before rushing to play pin the tale on the honkey, did anyone bother to check the history of mass killings? ...
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Will 1 out 4 women be a victim of domestic violence?

In their newest video the "FCKH8" company claim that: 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of domestic violence Is this indeed the case for women in the US?
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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 ...