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March 15, 2018
School shootings are extraordinarily rare. Why is fear of them driving policy?
The Washington Post

The first recorded school shooting in the United States took place in 1840, when a law student shot and killed his professor at the University of Virginia. But the modern fear dawned on April 20, 1999, when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 classmates and a teacher, and then themselves, at Colorado’s Columbine High. Since then, the murder of children in their classrooms has come to seem common, a regular feature of modern American life, and our fears so strong that we are certain the next horror is sure to come not long after the last.

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Fact Checker Snopes.com’s big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe
Crime Prevention Research Center

Snopes.com fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016.  They wrote: “Our conclusion is that this is accurate based on the CPRC’s definition of a mass shooting, but also extremely misleading. It uses inappropriate statistical methods to obscure the reality that mass shootings are very rare in most countries, so that when they do happen they have an outsized statistical effect.”

They made two general points: questioning our definition of mass public shootings and that we obscure how rare these attacks are in European countries.

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What Critics Don't Understand About Gun Culture
The Atlantic

My wife knew something was amiss when the car blocked our driveway. She was outside our house, playing with our kids on our trampoline, when a car drove slowly down our rural Tennessee street. As it reached our house, it pulled partially in the driveway, and stopped.

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North Texas Teachers Attend Gun And Active Shooter Training [VIDEO]
CBS DFW

Teachers in North Texas are readying themselves in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17.

Sixteen teachers and school staff members got a whole day of training Saturday on how to handle a weapon in the event of an active shooter situation. The free event was led by a former Irving police officer.

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How Often Do Citizens Use Guns to Stop Violence?
Just Facts Daily

In a New York Times column entitled “How to Reduce Shootings,” Nicholas Kristof writes, “It is true that guns are occasionally used to stop violence. But contrary to what the National Rifle Association suggests, this is rare. One study by the Violence Policy Center found that in 2012 there were 259 justifiable homicides by a private citizen using a firearm.”

That statement grossly misleads by pretending that firearms only stop violence when they are used to kill criminals.

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GA Town Requires Gun Ownership: 'Something for a Potential Criminal to Think About'
Fox News

As the gun control debate rages on, one Georgia town has a local law mandating that “every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm.”

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Stricter Age Restrictions on Gun Purchases Don’t Make Sense
National Review

Time and time again, we’ve seen mass shooters find loopholes in the law or ignore it entirely.

You can vote at 18. You can become a parent, work full-time, get married, or even fight overseas in the military. But if gun-control advocates get their way, you won’t be able to buy a gun until you’re 21.

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New York Times Steps to Buy a Gun, Homicide, and Suicide Cross-Nationally
Gun Culture 2.0
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I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun.
The New York Times
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