Those Pesky Facts

It’s important to remember that mass shootings are exceedingly rare in the United States. According to the Washington Post, there have been 25 deaths from mass shootings in 2018. Using the source of their data, the gun violence archive, I tabulated that there were 435 deaths associated with 346 mass shootings* in 2017. Compared with 15,614 total deaths in 61,635 reported incidents in 2017,

*The definition of “mass shooting” changes constantly, depending on what database, media outlet, government agency or research paper you cite. The Gun Violence Archive definition of mass shooting is “four or more shot and/or killed in a single event [incident], at the same general time and location not including the shooter” and makes no exclusions for gang violence or family violence.

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