Guns & the Right to Bear Arms
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…
Guns: Gun Ownership & Guns Per Capita
Guns: Gun Control and Access
Guns: Mass Shootings
An investigator holds a suicide note left by a sixth-grader who fired shots into the ceiling at Plymouth Middle School on April 26, 2021, outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. His plan was to force police to shoot him, but in the end, he was unharmed. Photo credit: Troy Gorham
"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
(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.