The facts on mass shootings, guns in the United States

The facts on mass shootings, guns in the United States

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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 50 people dead and more than 400 injured. (Getty) With each mass shooting comes shock and heartbreak. But the enflamed rhetoric is not far behind. We hear the same arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings with each attack. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the gun debate. Here are some answers to questions you may have. There is no widely accepted definition of mass shootings. People use either broad or restrictive definitions of mass shootings to reinforce their stance on gun control. After the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, Congress defined " mass killings " as three or more homicides in a single incident. The definition was intended to clarify when the U.S. attorney general could assist state and local authorities in investigations of violent acts and shootings in places of public use . The Gun Violence Archive tracks gun deaths using media, law enforcement, government and commercial sources. Its data is based on a broader criteria: at least four people injured or killed in one location, not including the suspect. Criminologists previously told PolitiFact that this group’s tally includes gang shootings and home invasion […]

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