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Are violent video games a better explanation of school shootings than access to guns?

This is a very contentious issue, and both sides have numerous studies to cherry-pick to support their side. In a search of academic articles (as opposed to blog posts), I have come across a couple ...
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Did the UK homicide rate go up after handgun ownership was banned?

The numbers are cherry-picked. When you dig into sites that present this argument, they all appear to be strong advocates against regulating firearms, which makes me suspicious. Is this statistic ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

As discussed in this answer and this answer when you use a term like "mass shooting", your results become particularly sensitive to your definition. Additionally, results will be sensitive to search ...
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In the American west—the world of cowboys and cowhands—was ammunition traded for alcoholic “shots” of a drink?

The answer seems to be no on all accounts. In general, Snopes says: Although the meme is of recent origin, Internet mentions of this alleged historical fact date to at least 2003. Significantly, ...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th?

This is false no matter what way you try to frame it. Using the 2019 crime stats: Murders US: 15020 [1] Chicago: 491 [2] Detroit: 273 [3] New Orleans: 120 [4] St. Louis: 194 [5] Washington DC: 166 [6]...
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Did toddlers with guns claim more American lives than terrorism in 2015?

It depends on your definition of terrorism and your interpretation of the quote: is it about American lives anywhere in the world, or about death in America including non-Americans. For the purpose of ...
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Are more people killed with hammers than with guns in the US?

According to the FBI homicide data, there were 15,070 reported murders in the United States in 2016, 11,004 of which were victims of murder by guns: 7,105 handgun victims, 374 rifle victims, 262 ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

I've written about the issues with defining a "mass shooting" in another answer previously. I'm going to copy and paste the pertinent parts here. The main problem with statistics like ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

In a comment, @MikhailGerasimov gave a link to the list of incidents. By browsing this it is clear that the claims include acts of terrorism and war. (But being curiously selective about it, I found ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

It depends on the definition. This article in Mother Jones says: Studies indicate that the rate at which public mass shootings occur has tripled since 2011. Between 1982 and 2011, a mass shooting ...
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Are more people killed with hammers than with guns in the US?

If you actually read the first OP article, it quotes David Keene as saying (in 2013): You know, last year and the year before according to [2012] FBI statistics, more people in this country were ...
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Will a bullet be split in half if it hits a butter knife that is fixed in place?

In the television show Penn and Teller Tell A Lie, a competitor to Mythbusters, they conduct an experiment to try this. Here is a YouTube video of the result. In the single instance they show with a ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

Snopes explains it as cherry picking: The first thing to note about the rankings is that Lott has compared the mass shooting death rate in the United States with that of other countries where there ...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th?

This is not possible based on the information given. The link you provided has the US at 6th with 16,214 murders and 189th place is a 3 way tie with 9 murders each. Using this data that would require ...
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Did about 150 die from gun violence in the US during the 4th of July weekend 2021?

Update (7/6/21): Within 12 hours of my writing this answer, CNN has edited their article. The original claim can be seen here. CNN now acknowledges "a 26% drop [presumably in deaths] from last ...
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Did the 2nd Amendment limit the purchase of cannons from the day it was passed?

Did the 2nd Amendment really limit the purchase of cannons from the day it was passed? No. The 2nd Amendment protects "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" and does not single out ...
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Do [US] states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths?

In the Atlantic article The States With The Most Gun Laws See The Fewest Gun-Related Deaths, originally published in The National Journal, a chart is presented that shows gun related deaths compared ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

TL;DR? The USA has so many mass shootings that the average deaths-per-shooting is lower than other places. Let's break down what he's calculating: The rates of murder from mass public shootings per ...
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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

The info-graphic says there's a problem in "Democrat Inner Cities". Apparently, inner cities in general are Democratic. Here's a liberal source saying so: Democrats are from cities, Republicans are ...
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Are violent video games a better explanation of school shootings than access to guns?

First-person shooter games with human targets did not exist before Wolfenstein 3D in 1992. There were some brave attempts (most notably Aliens and Operation Wolf) but nothing which allowed the player ...
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Are most US mass shooters Democrats?

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 ...
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Can you buy a gun from a vending machine in Georgia or South Africa?

There are two separate claims here. 1) The Daily Currant says Georgia has legalised handguns. No, this is just a story from the Daily Currant which is a satirical magazine that invents stories. 2) ...
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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

First, the American firearm-deathrate according to this table is 10.1 per 100,000 people, but the yellow swatches in the Infographic are, according to the legend, areas that have less than that rate. ...
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Do people fall over when shot because they've seen it on films?

Per Anthony J. Pinizzotto, Harry A kern and Edward F. Davis in FBI law enforcement bulletin October 2004, with the exceptions of hits to the brain or upper spinal cord, the concept of reliable and ...
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Do Republican legislatures tend to relax gun laws after mass shootings?

Maybe - there is preliminary evidence that supports it. The Economist article is referring to this very recent working paper: Luca, Michael and Malhotra, Deepak K. and Poliquin, Christopher, The ...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th?

The meme is unclear It is not clear whether the meme is talking about absolute numbers or per capita murder rates. I'll talk about both. The meme does not distinguish murder vs homicide The first ...
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In the American west—the world of cowboys and cowhands—was ammunition traded for alcoholic “shots” of a drink?

The word "Shot", a corruption of the Late Old-Engish "Scot" or "Secot", itself a corruption of the old Norse "skot", was a word meaning a Tax or measure. This means it pre-dates not just the "Wild ...
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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?

Yes, it is possible for one to get a shot off after being shot in the head oneself. Here are two different examples, both involving cab drivers being shot in the head and still returning fire. For the ...
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Did the 2nd Amendment limit the purchase of cannons from the day it was passed?

Muzzle-loading, black-powder firearms firing solid shot, including cannons, such as the ones used in the US War of Independence and Civil war have never really been subjected to any regulations. You ...
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Do gun homicides and suicides kill more Americans than war?

Yes. According to Politifact who examined the claim by Mark Shields: You know, Judy, the reality is -- and it's a terrible reality -- since Robert Kennedy died in the Ambassador Hotel on June 4, ...
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