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There were 337 mass shootings in 2018 and 418 in 2019 (defined as 4+ victims shot or killed). This means that the number of such shootings in the US far exceeds that of any other industrialized country. In terms of homicides involving a firearm, there are nearly 30 for every million people. This board explores issues related to gun ownership and gun violence in the US. The board contains pins of descriptive statistics but also explores how guns have been discussed within the media.

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Guns: Gun Ownership & Guns Per Capita
Guns: Gun Control and Access
Guns: Mass Shootings
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Guns: Gun Ownership & Guns Per Capita

Who's Arming the World? Just Six Countries Export 74% of the World's Weapons

Who's Arming the World? Just Six Countries Export 74% of the World's Weapons

Americans Own a Ridiculous Number of Guns  Source: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime / Small Arms Survey

Americans Own a Ridiculous Number of Guns Source: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime / Small Arms Survey

(2 of 10) Myth #2: Guns don't kill people--people kill people.  Fact-check: People with more guns tend to kill more people--with guns. The states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114% higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates. Also, gun death rates tend to be higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership. Gun death rates are generally lower in states with restrictions such as assault-weapoons bans or safe-storatge requirements.

10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down

Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes.

Percent Who Own Guns, June 2015  Source: Kalesan, Keyes, et. al. / Business Insider

Percent Who Own Guns, June 2015 Source: Kalesan, Keyes, et. al. / Business Insider

About four-in-ten gun owners say there is always a loaded gun within easy reach when they're at home  - % of gun owners saying there is a loaded gun easily accessible to them __ when at home  Source: Pew Research Center

About four-in-ten gun owners say there is always a loaded gun within easy reach when they're at home - % of gun owners saying there is a loaded gun easily accessible to them __ when at home Source: Pew Research Center

Majority of gun owners own multiple guns  Source: Pew Research Center

Majority of gun owners own multiple guns Source: Pew Research Center

Gun ownership is far more common among Republicans than Democrats  Source: Pew Research Center

Gun ownership is far more common among Republicans than Democrats Source: Pew Research Center

Three-in-ten adults say they own a gun  Source: Pew Research Center

Three-in-ten adults say they own a gun Source: Pew Research Center

About four-in-ten adults say they live in a gun-owning household  % of all adults saying they...  Source: Pew Research Center

About four-in-ten adults say they live in a gun-owning household % of all adults saying they... Source: Pew Research Center

Number of Civilian Firearms vs. US Population (millions)  Source: Mother Jones

Number of Civilian Firearms vs. US Population (millions) Source: Mother Jones

America is a big outlier among developed countries when it comes to gun deaths--in large part because it has so many guns, making it easy to carry out an act of violence.  Sources: Gunpolicy.org, United Nations Development Programme

America is a big outlier among developed countries when it comes to gun deaths

Here’s the data behind these tragic events.

Americans make up less than 5% of the global population...But own 42% of the world's privately held firearms  Source: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Small Arms Survey / Vox

Americans make up less than 5% of the global population...But own 42% of the world's firearms

Americans make up less than 5% of the global population...But own 42% of the world's privately held firearms Source: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Small Arms Survey / Vox

Source: CDC / Vox

States with more guns have more gun deaths

Source: CDC / Vox

Source: Small Arms Survey

Guns Per 100 People, 2017

Source: Small Arms Survey

Guns: Gun Control and Access

"If you are going to use a handful of crimes by undocumented immigrants as a reason for why we need a wall, then you'd better use the 325+ mass shootings in America last year as a reason why we need gun control. One is an actual problem, the other is manufactured."

Emma González (b. 2000)

"If you are going to use a handful of crimes by undocumented immigrants as a reason for why we need a wall, then you'd better use the 325+ mass shootings in America last year as a reason why we need gun control. One is an actual problem, the other is manufactured."

Gun-related Deaths per 100,000 People, by State  [Top] Hawaii - 2.6 deaths [Bottom] Alaska - 19.8 deaths | Source: The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Kaiser Family Foundation; NRA-ILA

Gun-related Deaths per 100,000 People, by State [Top] Hawaii - 2.6 deaths [Bottom] Alaska - 19.8 deaths | Source: The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Kaiser Family Foundation; NRA-ILA

America: A Permissive Gun Market - Our top 10 foreign suppliers have far stricter gun laws than we do.  Source: GunPolicy.org / Mother Jones

America: A Permissive Gun Market - Our top 10 foreign suppliers have far stricter gun laws than we do. Source: GunPolicy.org / Mother Jones

(2 of 4) So law enforcement is purposefully hamstrung when investigating illegal gun sales like the ones that flood CHI streets with Indiana guns  Now for a visual aid: "Gun Deaths per 100,000 People"  Check out the lowest gun death state, MA. Notice it's neighbors all have strict gun laws. Now see IL? IN, MO, WI, all easy to get guns.  Now check out Hawaii. Tough gun laws, surrounded by ocean, & MUCH FEWER GUN DEATHS. If only IL were bordered by NY & CT or the goddamn ocean.  ~ @AndyRichter

(2 of 4) So law enforcement is purposefully hamstrung when investigating illegal gun sales like the ones that flood CHI streets with Indiana guns Now for a visual aid: "Gun Deaths per 100,000 People" Check out the lowest gun death state, MA. Notice it's neighbors all have strict gun laws. Now see IL? IN, MO, WI, all easy to get guns. Now check out Hawaii. Tough gun laws, surrounded by ocean, & MUCH FEWER GUN DEATHS. If only IL were bordered by NY & CT or the goddamn ocean. ~ @AndyRichter

Buying 60000 rounds of ammo online: Legal. Buying last week's episode of Breaking Bad: Not legal, $150k fine.

Buying 60000 rounds of ammo online: Legal. Buying last week's episode of Breaking Bad: Not legal, $150k fine.

Everytime the gun control debate flares up in the U.S. (so daily) I think about how Kinder Eggs are banned there for safety reasons  ~ @manaboutcowtown (Tony Charron)

Everytime the gun control debate flares up in the U.S. (so daily) I think about how Kinder Eggs are banned there for safety reasons ~ @manaboutcowtown (Tony Charron)

(3 of 4) So fuck this "what about Chicago" bullshit. Might be able to take it if the people spouting it had a drop of concern for the people of Chicago.  ...rather than puking up gun cult disinformation that protects their fucking hobby. USA will always have guns, but more control is needed.  Americans are being slaughtered in churches, concerts, stores and schools. Fuck your hobby. Grow up and think of someone else.  Here's interview with former ATF agent about gun purchase laws…

(3 of 4) So fuck this "what about Chicago" bullshit. Might be able to take it if the people spouting it had a drop of concern for the people of Chicago. ...rather than puking up gun cult disinformation that protects their fucking hobby. USA will always have guns, but more control is needed. Americans are being slaughtered in churches, concerts, stores and schools. Fuck your hobby. Grow up and think of someone else. Here's interview with former ATF agent about gun purchase laws…

(1 of 4) "WHAT ABOUT CHICAGO?" regurgitates every gun loving NRA puppet, even though this "point" is easily debunked. So ONE MORE TIME:  Yes, CHI has strict gun laws, but most CHI crime guns come from out of state.  Indiana has VERY lax gun laws & supplies most CHI crime guns. Guns bought in IN (or WI or MO) are sold illegally in CHI, avoiding CHI laws  And the gun lobby has made it near impossible to track illegal gun sales, too.  ~ @AndyRichter

(1 of 4) "WHAT ABOUT CHICAGO?" regurgitates every gun loving NRA puppet, even though this "point" is easily debunked. So ONE MORE TIME: Yes, CHI has strict gun laws, but most CHI crime guns come from out of state. Indiana has VERY lax gun laws & supplies most CHI crime guns. Guns bought in IN (or WI or MO) are sold illegally in CHI, avoiding CHI laws And the gun lobby has made it near impossible to track illegal gun sales, too. ~ @AndyRichter

Do you think having a gun in a house makes it a safer or a more dangerous place to be? The experts are pretty sure it is more dangerous.  David Hemenway and his team went through about articles on firearms published since 2011 in peer-reviewed journals. With a list of experts on the topic, Hemenway began sending monthly surveys to the authors. The surveys show that a clear majority of experts do not buy the NRA's arguments.  Source: Harvard Injury Central Research Center

New Harvard research debunks the NRA's favorite talking points

Surveys drawing on scores of experts reveal a clear consensus against the gun lobby.

More Important to Control Gun Ownership or Protect Gun Rights?  % saying it is more important to ... control gun ownership vs. protect the right of Americans to own guns.  Source: Pew Research Center

More Important to Control Gun Ownership or Protect Gun Rights? % saying it is more important to ... control gun ownership vs. protect the right of Americans to own guns. Source: Pew Research Center

Jesse Ventura: "Do we go to the Ford Motor Company & say stop making automobiles because people get drunk & kill ppl in cars?" - Jon Stewart: "No, but we do enact stricter blood alcohol limits, raise the drinking age, ramp up enforcement penalties, charge bartenders who serve drunks & launch huge public awareness campaigns to stigmatize the dangerous behavior in question. We do all those things because it might just help bring drunk driving rates down by..oh, I don't know, 2/3 in a few…

Jesse Ventura: "Do we go to the Ford Motor Company & say stop making automobiles because people get drunk & kill ppl in cars?" - Jon Stewart: "No, but we do enact stricter blood alcohol limits, raise the drinking age, ramp up enforcement penalties, charge bartenders who serve drunks & launch huge public awareness campaigns to stigmatize the dangerous behavior in question. We do all those things because it might just help bring drunk driving rates down by..oh, I don't know, 2/3 in a few…

Those who have never fired weapon more likely to support gun rights legislation, more aggressive tactics  Among officers who have/have not fired their service weapon while on duty, the % who...  Source: Pew Research Center

Those who have never fired weapon more likely to support gun rights legislation, more aggressive tactics Among officers who have/have not fired their service weapon while on duty, the % who... Source: Pew Research Center

Among gun owners there are large partisan gaps in opinion about restricting and expanding gun rights  Source: Pew Research Center

Among gun owners there are large partisan gaps in opinion about restricting and expanding gun rights Source: Pew Research Center

Partisan Views of Gun Proposals  Source: Pew Research Center

Partisan Views of Gun Proposals Source: Pew Research Center

Gun owners and non-owners disagree on impact that ease of access to legal guns has on gun violence  Source: Pew Research Center

Gun owners and non-owners disagree on impact that ease of access to legal guns has on gun violence Source: Pew Research Center

About half of adults say ease of access to illegal guns contributes a great deal to gun violence.  % saying ___ contributes to gun violence...  Source: Pew Research Center

About half of adults say ease of access to illegal guns contributes a great deal to gun violence. % saying ___ contributes to gun violence... Source: Pew Research Center

Seven-in-ten Republican gun owners say more guns would mean less crime.  % saying there would be ____ if more Americans owned guns.  Source: Pew Research Center

Seven-in-ten Republican gun owners say more guns would mean less crime. % saying there would be ____ if more Americans owned guns. Source: Pew Research Center

Eight-in-ten or more gun owners and non-owners point to impact ease of access to illegal guns has on gun violence  Source: Pew Research Center

Eight-in-ten or more gun owners and non-owners point to impact ease of access to illegal guns has on gun violence Source: Pew Research Center

Party and ideology strongly linked to views on importance of right to own guns.  % saying the right to own guns is essential to their own sense of freedom.  Source: Pew Research Center

Party and ideology strongly linked to views on importance of right to own guns. % saying the right to own guns is essential to their own sense of freedom. Source: Pew Research Center

Most see little link between access to guns and likelihood of committing crime.  % saying that people who want to kill or harm others/themselves will...  Source: Pew Research Center

Most see little link between access to guns and likelihood of committing crime. % saying that people who want to kill or harm others/themselves will... Source: Pew Research Center

A majority of gun owners say stricter access to guns would not decrease mass shootings  % saying that if it was harder for people to legally obtain guns in the United States, there would be...  Source: Pew Research Center

A majority of gun owners say stricter access to guns would not decrease mass shootings % saying that if it was harder for people to legally obtain guns in the United States, there would be... Source: Pew Research Center

Republicans say protecting right to own guns is more important.  % saying it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns...  Source: Pew Research Center

Republicans say protecting right to own guns is more important. % saying it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns... Source: Pew Research Center

Public remains closely divided on controlling guns and protecting rights  % saying it is more important to...  Source: Pew Research Center

Public remains closely divided on controlling guns and protecting rights % saying it is more important to... Source: Pew Research Center

About half of all adults say U.S. guns laws should be stricter.  Source: Pew Research Center

About half of all adults say U.S. guns laws should be stricter. Source: Pew Research Center

"Gay people can't do this. Women shouldn't be able to do that. But touch my semiautomatic rifle and you're attacking my rights."

"Gay people can't do this. Women shouldn't be able to do that. But touch my semiautomatic rifle and you're attacking my rights."

Gun control is hard, so let's focus on *realistic* goals like building giant walls, banning an entire faith and deporting 11 million people  ~ Kevin M. Kruse

Gun control is hard, so let's focus on *realistic* goals like building giant walls, banning an entire faith and deporting 11 million people ~ Kevin M. Kruse

"People who steal guns do not submit to background checks."  "Right, but people who steal guns do not submit to our rules about stealing. But we still have them. Here's what's so crazy about this: the people in our country who've spent millions of dollars to get elected to a legislative body known as the Senate are making the argument, "There's really no point in making laws because..." [follow this link to find a cache of videos on crime, law, and deviance]

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(1 of 2) I am calling for the repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which restricts the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence and its effects on public health.  ~ @MartinHeinrich

(1 of 2) I am calling for the repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which restricts the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence and its effects on public health. ~ @MartinHeinrich

Chuck Todd bought into "the misleading framing of the NRA and other far-right conservatives. ... Confiscation is completely irrelevant to the current gun policy debate, and this type of question takes the focus off of candidates' actual violence prevention policy priorities."  Moderators should ask candidates, "What would you do to address this public health epidemic using both your executive authority and working with Congress to enact new gun laws."  ~ Chelsea Parsons

Chuck Todd bought into "the misleading framing of the NRA and other far-right conservatives. ... Confiscation is completely irrelevant to the current gun policy debate, and this type of question takes the focus off of candidates' actual violence prevention policy priorities." Moderators should ask candidates, "What would you do to address this public health epidemic using both your executive authority and working with Congress to enact new gun laws." ~ Chelsea Parsons

85% of Americans are in favor of background checks for private and gun show sales.  80% of Americans are in favor of preventing people with mental illness from purchasing guns.  67% of Americans are in favor of federal databases to track gun sales.  55% of Americans are in favor of a ban on assault-style weapons.  Source: Pew Research Center / Vox

Most people support gun control proposals...But why haven't they worked?

85% of Americans are in favor of background checks for private and gun show sales. 80% of Americans are in favor of preventing people with mental illness from purchasing guns. 67% of Americans are in favor of federal databases to track gun sales. 55% of Americans are in favor of a ban on assault-style weapons. Source: Pew Research Center / Vox

Guns: Mass Shootings

A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and killed six staffers and 20 first-graders before turning the gun on himself. In this image a Connecticut State Police officer leads children out of the school — in Newtown, Connecticut.  Photo credit: Shannon Hicks

A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and killed six staffers and 20 first-graders before turning the gun on himself. In this image a Connecticut State Police officer leads children out of the school — in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo credit: Shannon Hicks

Source: Blair, J. Pete, and Schweit, Katherine W. 2014. "A Study of Active Shooter Incidents, 2000-2013." Texas State University and Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 2014. / Schweit, Katherine W. 2016. "Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2014 and 2015." Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 2016...

"Active Shooter Incidents" in the U.S., 2000-2017

Forthcoming chapter in Feminist Frontiers, 10e, edited by Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier, and Leila Rupp. Rowman and Littlefield.

Number of Mass Shootings by Number of Mass Shootings Per 1 Million People, 1983-2013

Forthcoming chapter in Feminist Frontiers, 10e, edited by Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier, and Leila Rupp. Rowman and Littlefield.

Source: Lemieux, Frederic. 2014. "Effect of Gun Culture and Firearm Laws on Gun Violence and Mass Shootings in the United States: A Multi-Level Quantitative Analysis." International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences 9(1): 74-93.

Number of Guns Owned by Number of Mass Shootings, 1983-2013

Forthcoming chapter in Feminist Frontiers, 10e, edited by Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier, and Leila Rupp. Rowman and Littlefield.

Which Measure is Best?  Source: Tristan Bridges and Tara Leigh Tober

Mass Shootings in the United States

Along with Tara Leigh Tober, Tristan is in the process of producing a new dataset on mass shootings in the United States that builds on data collected by the Gun Violence Archive (GVA)--a non-profit started in 2013 with the aim of providing public access to accurate information regarding gun-related violence in the U.S. What makes…

Source: Philip Reese for California Healthline / Mother Jones / Kaiser Health News

Mass Shootings and Male Suspects

Men are far more likely than women to commit deadly mass shootings, both in California and across the nation. We break down the numbers — and ask experts why gender would have a role in indiscriminate violence.

New high school built in Michigan has pre-planned places to hide in case of mass shooting, and curved hallways with large cement blocks to obscure "sight lines." Schools designed with mass shootings in mind. The US is rotting from the inside out.  ~ @ChrChristensen

New high school built in Michigan has pre-planned places to hide in case of mass shooting, and curved hallways with large cement blocks to obscure "sight lines." Schools designed with mass shootings in mind. The US is rotting from the inside out. ~ @ChrChristensen

At 63%, suicides comprise the largest category of gun deaths. Mass shootings only account for 1.5% of all gun deaths.  Source: CDC / Vox

Mass shootings get the most attention, but suicides comprise a majority of gun deaths

At 63%, suicides comprise the largest category of gun deaths. Mass shootings only account for 1.5% of all gun deaths. Source: CDC / Vox

According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of August 3, there have been 249 mass shootings in the United States in 2019. In total 239 people have been killed in mass shooting events, and that number is expected to rise today following reports of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.  Source: Gun Violence Archive

Mass Shootings in 2019

Near real-time tweets of American gun violence incidents. Non-profit. Non-advocacy. Just the facts.

Source: Mother Jones / Jon Schleuss / @latimesgraphics

California has had more mass shooting fatalities than any other state

Source: Mother Jones / Jon Schleuss / @latimesgraphics

Shooting Incidents in 2018 (January 1 - December 8, 2018)  Source: gunviolencearchive.org

Mass Shootings in 2018

Shooting Incidents in 2018 (January 1 - December 8, 2018) Source: gunviolencearchive.org

Mass shooting deaths represented less than 2 percent of all gun deaths in the US in 2016--456 of nearly 39,000 overall gun deaths.  Source: CDC

Mass shooting deaths represented less than 2 percent of all gun deaths in the US in 2016

Here’s the data behind these tragic events.

Annual Mass Shooting Casualties  Source: Mother Jones

Annual Mass Shooting Casualties Source: Mother Jones

There's never been a terrorist attack at a Nascar race. Nascar fans are all armed. Draw your own conclusions.  ~ @JackPosobiec  There's never been a terrorist attack at a nudist colony. Nudists aren't armed. They're nude. Draw your own conclusions.  ~ @GeorgeTakei

There's never been a terrorist attack at a Nascar race. Nascar fans are all armed. Draw your own conclusions. ~ @JackPosobiec There's never been a terrorist attack at a nudist colony. Nudists aren't armed. They're nude. Draw your own conclusions. ~ @GeorgeTakei

(2 of 9) 994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like The Oregon school shooting is evidence that the US response to gun violence ‘has become routine’, Barack Obama says. The data compiled by the crowd-sourced site Mass Shooting Tracker reveals an even more shocking human toll: there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident – nearly every day  Source: The Guardian

1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive reveals a shocking human toll

(1 of 4) Mass Shootings  Mass shootings have been around for a long time in America, but public, random violence is on the rise  Source: www.securitydegreehub.com

(1 of 4) Mass Shootings Mass shootings have been around for a long time in America, but public, random violence is on the rise Source: www.securitydegreehub.com

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1992 and 2015, by shooter's race and ethnicity  Source: Mother Jones / Statista

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1992 and 2015, by shooter's race and ethnicity Source: Mother Jones / Statista

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"If you are going to use a handful of crimes by undocumented immigrants as a reason for why we need a wall, then you'd better use the 325+ mass shootings in America last year as a reason why we need gun control. One is an actual problem, the other is manufactured."

Emma González (b. 2000)

"If you are going to use a handful of crimes by undocumented immigrants as a reason for why we need a wall, then you'd better use the 325+ mass shootings in America last year as a reason why we need gun control. One is an actual problem, the other is manufactured."

A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and killed six staffers and 20 first-graders before turning the gun on himself. In this image a Connecticut State Police officer leads children out of the school — in Newtown, Connecticut.  Photo credit: Shannon Hicks

A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and killed six staffers and 20 first-graders before turning the gun on himself. In this image a Connecticut State Police officer leads children out of the school — in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo credit: Shannon Hicks

Who's Arming the World? Just Six Countries Export 74% of the World's Weapons

Who's Arming the World? Just Six Countries Export 74% of the World's Weapons

Gun-related Deaths per 100,000 People, by State  [Top] Hawaii - 2.6 deaths [Bottom] Alaska - 19.8 deaths | Source: The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Kaiser Family Foundation; NRA-ILA

Gun-related Deaths per 100,000 People, by State [Top] Hawaii - 2.6 deaths [Bottom] Alaska - 19.8 deaths | Source: The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Kaiser Family Foundation; NRA-ILA

Americans Own a Ridiculous Number of Guns  Source: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime / Small Arms Survey

Americans Own a Ridiculous Number of Guns Source: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime / Small Arms Survey

(2 of 10) Myth #2: Guns don't kill people--people kill people.  Fact-check: People with more guns tend to kill more people--with guns. The states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114% higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates. Also, gun death rates tend to be higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership. Gun death rates are generally lower in states with restrictions such as assault-weapoons bans or safe-storatge requirements.

10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down

Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes.

Percent Who Own Guns, June 2015  Source: Kalesan, Keyes, et. al. / Business Insider

Percent Who Own Guns, June 2015 Source: Kalesan, Keyes, et. al. / Business Insider

About four-in-ten gun owners say there is always a loaded gun within easy reach when they're at home  - % of gun owners saying there is a loaded gun easily accessible to them __ when at home  Source: Pew Research Center

About four-in-ten gun owners say there is always a loaded gun within easy reach when they're at home - % of gun owners saying there is a loaded gun easily accessible to them __ when at home Source: Pew Research Center

Majority of gun owners own multiple guns  Source: Pew Research Center

Majority of gun owners own multiple guns Source: Pew Research Center

Gun ownership is far more common among Republicans than Democrats  Source: Pew Research Center

Gun ownership is far more common among Republicans than Democrats Source: Pew Research Center

Three-in-ten adults say they own a gun  Source: Pew Research Center

Three-in-ten adults say they own a gun Source: Pew Research Center

About four-in-ten adults say they live in a gun-owning household  % of all adults saying they...  Source: Pew Research Center

About four-in-ten adults say they live in a gun-owning household % of all adults saying they... Source: Pew Research Center

America: A Permissive Gun Market - Our top 10 foreign suppliers have far stricter gun laws than we do.  Source: GunPolicy.org / Mother Jones

America: A Permissive Gun Market - Our top 10 foreign suppliers have far stricter gun laws than we do. Source: GunPolicy.org / Mother Jones

(2 of 4) So law enforcement is purposefully hamstrung when investigating illegal gun sales like the ones that flood CHI streets with Indiana guns  Now for a visual aid: "Gun Deaths per 100,000 People"  Check out the lowest gun death state, MA. Notice it's neighbors all have strict gun laws. Now see IL? IN, MO, WI, all easy to get guns.  Now check out Hawaii. Tough gun laws, surrounded by ocean, & MUCH FEWER GUN DEATHS. If only IL were bordered by NY & CT or the goddamn ocean.  ~ @AndyRichter

(2 of 4) So law enforcement is purposefully hamstrung when investigating illegal gun sales like the ones that flood CHI streets with Indiana guns Now for a visual aid: "Gun Deaths per 100,000 People" Check out the lowest gun death state, MA. Notice it's neighbors all have strict gun laws. Now see IL? IN, MO, WI, all easy to get guns. Now check out Hawaii. Tough gun laws, surrounded by ocean, & MUCH FEWER GUN DEATHS. If only IL were bordered by NY & CT or the goddamn ocean. ~ @AndyRichter

Buying 60000 rounds of ammo online: Legal. Buying last week's episode of Breaking Bad: Not legal, $150k fine.

Buying 60000 rounds of ammo online: Legal. Buying last week's episode of Breaking Bad: Not legal, $150k fine.

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