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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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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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NO! The EXACT OPPOSITE is true. According to this comprehensive listing showing data from 1960 to 2015 shows the highest absolute number of murders (24,700) occurred in 1991. The highest per capita rate (10.2) occurred in 1980. If anything, the data shows that the period of 2010 to 2015 has been historically LOW for murders. Pew has similar numbers. As ...


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Yes, the statement that more Americans have been killed in schools than military service thus far in 2018 appears to be accurate. The exact numbers in the tweet are inaccurate, and the comparison isn't entirely reasonable and might mislead into thinking the risk to a schoolchild might be similar to that of military personnel. Source: Washington Post Initial ...


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The New York Times has a photograph of a counter-protester lifting a newspaper box and the following witness explanation from a fellow counter-protestor: I was on Market Street around 11:30 a.m. when a counterprotester ripped a newspaper stand off the sidewalk and threw it at alt-right protesters. I saw another man from the white supremacist crowd being ...


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In the literal sense, yes. There's no question that both sides were mutually combative, engaging in fistfights and small-scale skirmishes with improvised melee weapons. There are many accounts of this: NY Times WTVR ABC News You can just watch some video of the event and make your own judgement. You'll see there were plenty of small scale fights where ...


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No. Cities are generally democrat-leaning - 35 with democratic mayors vs 13 republican in the 50 largest cities. But cities with republican mayors also had protests which resulted in property damage. An incomplete list of examples: Looters smash windows, rob stores in downtown San Diego: "Business owners Monday will assess the damages done by looters who ...


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No, 2015 was the highest since 2009, but it was much higher previously, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, via Politifact, the increase in the murder rate (10.8% from 2014 to 2015) is the highest in 45 years, but obviously that is different from the quote in the OP. Full year statistics for 2016 ...


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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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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 shooting ...


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This appears to be mostly correct and derived from a report published by the CDC: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Homicides of Adult Women and the Role of Intimate Partner Violence — United States, 2003–2014. The report seems to look at two numbers: 2015 for all of the US and statistics 2003-2014 but only for 18 states. There is also an older report by the ...


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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 year's holiday weekend." The tone of their article has slightly changed and CNN has stopped portraying the deaths over the 4th of July weekend as part of &...


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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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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, the US Murder Rate is not the highest it's been in the past 45 years. According to this page from fbi.gov, the murder rate and the total number of murders for the year 2015 is lower than every year between 1996 and 2008. Note that the data for 2016 is not available yet; however Donald Trump has been quoted as saying this at least as far back as October ...


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TL;DR: not exactly. Black Lives Matter As others have said, this image misrepresents what the Black Lives Matter movement protests. As a general rule, police shootings don't appear in crime statistics as most are considered justifiable. That's the basic Black Lives Matters complaint. That police shootings of black decedents are overwhelmingly marked as ...


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Apparently not In The American West: A New Interpretive History by Robert V. Hine, John Mack Faragher, they quote the annual homicide rate of Dodge City (one of the towns mentioned by Ridley) as 50 per 100,000 people. That would make it higher than any modern day US city except New Orleans and Detroit. The book Homicide: A Sociological Explanation by ...


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The numbers are credible The World Health Organisation homepage on Suicide data states: Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. The crude suicide rate for both sexes for the entire world in 2016 was estimated to be — according to the WHO — 10.6 per 100 000 people, which for 7.4 billion people (world ...


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There is another issue with this study. It states: "Of the 86 countries where we have identified mass public shootings, the US ranks 56th per capita in its rate of attacks and 61st in mass public shooting murder rate". However there are about 196 countries in the world today. It is not clear whether the other 110 countries were excluded on the grounds of ...


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The image appears to be from Wrestlemania 23. The gentleman(?) on the right is apparently WWE chairman Vince McMahon. https://www.gettyimages.com/event/battle-of-the-billionaires-announce-details-of-wrestlemania-23-73703995#/donald-trump-wrestler-stone-cold-steve-austin-and-wwe-chairman-vince-picture-id73732795 This meeting is reported to have occurred at ...


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Not a college. In response to an incident in a middle school (13 year old kids,) a school district in Idaho banned backpacks in the local schools. It affected middle schools (grade 7 and 8, kids 13 and 14 years old) and highschools (grades 9 through 12, kids 15 to 18 years old.) From the article in The Independent: Idaho’s Jefferson School District enacted ...


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From the New Yorker: In a photograph from Charlottesville, two men extend weapons: one is the Confederate flag, furled, and the other is an aerosol can, modified to eject fire. Photograph by Steve Helber / AP -"An Image of Revolutionary Fire at Charlottesville" (2017-08-14) This question has more about the event, including a video showing ...


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In a meaningful way, no. There were not two sides present. The core event was a planned "Unite the Right" rally attended by militant white nationalists and others who had chosen to stand with them, "a patchwork of different alt-right groups attempting to show a unified front." They were met at various times by a variety of protesters ranging from the ...


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The Daily Mail article actually did a good job of providing a source of the "The Shame of Our Prisons: New Evidence" from the New York Review of books which provided a good jumping off point. Doing a fair one to one comparison for this can be tough due to reporting rates, namely that it is under reported. In this case though, the Bureau of Justice Statistics ...


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As tim's answer says, the direct answer is No, rioting is occurring in some non-democrat cities in the US. I wanted to expand on that with how much is occurring in democrat versus republican cities. For context (also as per tim's answer) out of the 50 largest cities, 35 are democrat and 13 are republican. Using cities from this article which attempts to ...


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Links from NBC News and HuffPost describing the outcome of the trial of Mateen's wife indeed suggest not, or at least that there was no evidence that the attack was targeted. HuffPost: As far as investigators could tell, Mateen had never been to Pulse before, whether as a patron or to case the nightclub. Even prosecutors acknowledged in their closing ...


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You might think that it was the one closest to the killer’s apartment. Or, that it was the one with the largest audience. Yet, neither explanation is right. According to Wikipedia the shooter lived on Paris Street. According to this Google Maps search the theatre is 10 minutes drive from Paris Street. According to this Google Maps search the only closer ...


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One specific part of the claim which has not been addressed: The president said: You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit ... The president's claim that they did not have a permit is apparently false According to The Washington Post: Walt Heinecke, a professor at the University of Virginia, told Moyer ...


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It seems that people with depression are more likely to commit murder. In this study, Homicide is strongly correlated to depression and not to mania, the authors concluded: Typical manic episodes could be the cause of penal infractions, usually benign. In contrast, forensic studies show a close relationship between depression, suicide and homicide. Killers (...


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