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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 that I feel are relevant, well sourced and conducted, and impartial. Harvard University published a report in October of 2010. Some key points: Much of ...


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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 true? If it is accurate, on the surface, are there deeper conclusions we can draw from it? Correlation is not causality, and they ignore other factors on crime. ...


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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 strategy, since cases are assembled from searches for news reports. Because the results are sensitive to definition and search strategy, they are susceptible to ...


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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, however, we were unable to trace it back any further than that, nor could we find any credible support for the general claim that it was common to use ammunition ...


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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 this answer I'll assume the second interpretation. If terrorism only includes Islamic terrorism, it would be true, although quite close. See for example the ...


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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 shotgun victims, and 3,263 victims of murder by a different type of gun, or by an unspecified gun. In comparison, there were 472 reported victims of murder by blunt ...


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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 these is that there is no one definition of "mass shooting" and thus, by adjusting your parameters, can make the number be whatever you want to fit a narrative. Depending on ...


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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 occurred roughly once every 200 days. However, between 2011 and 2014 that rate has accelerated greatly with at least one mass shooting occurring every 64 days ...


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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 no reference to attacks by US or allied forces in Afganistan, only Taliban and its allies) There is no war going on in the US. There are very few terrorist ...


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Yes they did. The Tiahrt amendment prevents firearms data from being released to anyone other than law enforcement - including gun ownership statistics and many gun-related crime statistics. This effectively prevents most academic research into gun ownership, gun crime, gun violence and even some gun accidents, by denying researchers access to the necessary ...


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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 beaten to death than were killed by long arms -- so-called assault weapons -- the government sought to ban...More people were killed with hammers than were ...


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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 slow motion camera, the bullet is indeed at split in half - or at least, fragmented into pieces - by a normal butter-knife. This is not a large sample, and ...


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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 was a mass shooting between 2009 and 2015. This might seem obvious, but it’s important to point out that very many countries did not see a single mass ...


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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 to key gun laws (not republished here due to copyright). There does appear to be a correlation between gun restrictions and gun deaths, with the top 6 states ...


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The evidence clearly suggests current-day pamphleteer Joe Spenner is the author of this quotation, not George Washington. Author of the quotation The author of the quote appears to be someone named Joe Spenner who authored a pamphlet in which there is an introduction by Spenner (note the absence of quote marks - he isn't quoting) containing the phrase in ...


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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 million people. This means that, when there is a mass shooting(1) in public(2), that if we account for population(3), more people are murdered(4) . By using ...


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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 from exurbs Princeton's Robert Vanderbei put together a fantastic 3-d map in 2012, which I'd recommend that you take some time to explore, that visualizes ...


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In order to answer this question, I don't see any reason to restrict ourselves to comparison between states. The variation in gun laws between states are quite small, and the ease of crossing state boundaries make it easy for crime to flow across those borders. Instead lets look at comparison between countries, where there is marked different in gun laws and ...


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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 to freely explore the environment. (As pointed out by Tyler, there were earlier FPS games, but none which were violent.) Note that I'm making the assumption ...


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No they haven't. Searching Google for the picture brings up this fallowing blog post which address this picture particularly. It cites the 2011 Australian Crime Report (alternative link) published by the Australian Institute of Criminology. from the post: Below is a chart from the annual Australian crime stats report for murders — the short version: ...


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No, the murder rate in the US is higher. Murder rate in Belgium in 2007 was 1.7 per 100,000 of population while the murder rate by white perpetrators in the U.S. in 2008 was 3.3 per 100,000 of population. That is, white Americans kill people at almost twice the rate of Belgians of all races (and no, surprisingly, not everyone in Belgium is white).


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Summary: Yes, she was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and sentenced to 20 years prison. Yes, there was testimonial from a witness that she fired "in the air" (while inside the house). The news article in question says: (CBS News) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband ...


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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) That the image on the "17 Most Unusual Vending Machines" demonstrates that there is a vending machine that sells guns. No, this is just an donation drive, ...


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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 reproducible immediate incapacitation of the human target by gunshot wounds to the torso a.k.a one shot drop is a myth. However, many shooting scenes in majority ...


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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 Impact of Mass Shootings on Gun Policy (May 4, 2016). Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 16-126. They found that: when looking at enacted laws,...


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A Slate article covers this very subject. As might be expected for such a highly-charged controversial subject, the results are contradictory and inconclusive. An investigation by Mother Jones concluded that no more than 1.6 percent of mass shootings were ended by armed civilians. On the other hand, gun advocates argue that it’s hard to know how many more ...


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TL:DR Most studies find figures ten times lower than this one. The "80 times more often" figure comes from a single study: "Kleck and Gertz:Armed resistance to crime: The prevalence and nature of self defense with a gun. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1995 (Fall); 86:150–187", in which the authors estimated that there were 2.5 million occasions per ...


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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. Conversely, the entire states of Lousiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Wyoming, Montana... well, actually, 30 entire states ... should be colored in green (indicating ...


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Claiming that "crime" (presumably violent crime, since that's the sort of crime in which banning assault weapons would matter) did not go down in the period between 1994 and 2004 (the time of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the "Clinton ban") is flat out wrong. That's easily seen by looking on the FBI or DOJ websites, because they freely host tables of ...


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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 West" period of American history, but also the invention of the first firearms. A cannon used to fire either a large Cannonball or a measure ("shot") of smaller ...


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