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    Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    Gun Survey Part 2: What Americans know about gun-related deaths — APM Research Lab



    Although suicides account for the majority of gun deaths in the United States—60% in the latest data—by and large American adults are unaware of this. In our survey, only one-fourth of Americans correctly answered that gun deaths by suicide outnumber deaths resulting from mass shootings, murders other than mass shootings, and accidental gun discharges. This is no better than guessing at random from among the four choices given.

    The most common answer to the question, “As far as you know, which of the following is responsible for the most gun deaths in the United States?” is “murders other than mass shootings,” with one-third of American adults believing this is the leading cause of gun death. One-quarter think “mass shootings” are the leading cause of gun-related deaths. Fourteen percent believe that “accidental discharges” of guns account for more gun deaths than the three other categories offered in the question.
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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    That is probably due to the news media which reports (or ignores) "gun deaths" (by cause) in a similar manner. The fact that there is no 'standard' definition of a 'mass shooting' also tends to add to the confusion.
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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    All that proves is perception and political spin, neither of which advances this debate in any regard.
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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    That is because of the corrupt media. They gave up on facts a long time ago.
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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    They probably also think they're more likely to die in a mass shooting than in a car accident, when in reality they are more than 100 times more likely to die in the latter.

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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    Let's reduce gun suicides by gun control

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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

    Quote Originally Posted by vegas giants View Post
    Let's reduce gun suicides by gun control
    There's no evidence that gun control reduces suicides.

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    Re: Gun Survey: Americans believe Mass Shootings More Prevalent than Gun Suicides

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    There's no evidence that gun control reduces suicides.
    Sure there is. You just dont like it

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    Sure there is. You just dont like it
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