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U.S. Map of Public Shootings

You might be surprised at how many multiple-victim public shootings happen in the U.S. Here's an interactive map that plots such shootings going back to only 2005. Click on a dot at the site to pull up more information. Since posting this map, the Daily Beast has received more information from readers, so they've set up a link through which you can contribute what you know for an updated edition coming soon. Link

"Allowing law-abiding people to arm themselves offers more than piece of mind for those individuals — it pays off for everybody through lower crime rates. Statistics from the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Report of 2007 show that states with right-to-carry laws have a 30% lower homicide rate, 46% lower robbery, and 12% lower aggravated assault rate and a 22% lower overall violent crime rate than do states without such laws. That is why more and more states have passed right-to-carry laws over the past decade." -- Human Events
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"West Memphis, Alaska" instead of Arkansas.


AR = Arkansas
AZ = Arizona
AK = Alaska

^Is this really that hard for people to understand?
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The chart simply shows that mass shootings in the US are relatively rare and, when they do happen, occur more often in densely populated areas - as you would expect. If you consider all the incidents where there is only one victim, the story would be this: an obscene number of people are killed by guns each and every day, whether intentionally or accidentally.

Che, there were 16,799 homicides in the US in 2009. 11,493 were attributable to firearms. That's 68%, Che. Should I have said 'only' 68%?
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“Guns aren’t even the most lethal mass murder weapon. According to data compiled by Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, guns killed an average of 4.92 victims per mass murder in the United States during the 20th century, just edging out knives, blunt objects, and bare hands, which killed 4.52 people per incident. Fire killed 6.82 people per mass murder, while explosives far outpaced the other options at 20.82. Of the 25 deadliest mass murders in the 20th century, only 52 percent involved guns.” -- Slate
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