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What Happens to Survivors of Mass Shootings Like Las Vegas?

When a gunman who had coolly calculated his strategy for maximum damage opened fire on a crowded concert in Las Vegas earlier this month, he killed 58 people, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Numerous media outlets have painstakingly assembled the stories of those who died and humanized them in death. But somewhat less discussed are the 489 other individuals he injured.

We know from examining the aftermaths of other mass shootings that these hundreds of injured have a long and difficult journey ahead of them,

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Media conflate data on mass shootings to inflate number, blame white men

Whether you agree with the widely reported statistic that there have been nearly 300 mass shootings this year might depend on how you define “mass shooting.”

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, left-leaning media outlets have been playing fast and loose with the data on mass shootings to inflate their number and suggest that white men make up a disproportionate share of the perpetrators.

John R. Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the left uses an overly broad definition to capture gang violence and other incidents not typically considered to be mass shootings.

“It’s two different types of shootings we’re talking about: mass public shootings and shootings that occur in a public place as part of some other crime, like gang fights,” said Mr. Lott, author of “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.” “So when they want to emphasize that they’re committed

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There Is No “Hope” With Mass Shootings

Until someone, or something, can break that grip, we won’t actually have a national response to mass shootings. Instead, we’ll have this kabuki play, performed at every tragedy until the outrage fades and gun violence returns to the background of American life, destroying lives but not quite shocking the collective conscience. Until, of course, we’re met with another Sandy Hook, another Orlando, another Las Vegas.

Read more at: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/10/las_vegas_will_not_be_the_last_mass_shooting.html

Why Are There So Many Conflicting Numbers on Mass Shootings?

horrific massacre at a Las Vegas concert on Sunday, which claimed the lives of 58 people and injured over 500 more, fits the definition of a mass shooting. Nor does anyone quibble over that classification for the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 and injured 53, or Sandy Hook, or Virginia Tech, or any of the other outbursts of gun violence that have claimed hundreds of lives in past decade alone.

But what about the Plano, Texas man who fatally shot his estranged wife and seven other people at a private party just

Read more at: http://time.com/4965966/mass-shootings-las-vegas/

Journalists should avoid simple explanations after mass shootings

Accused Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s brother said from Orlando that he didn’t even know his brother owned rifles. “Maybe a pistol or two that he kept in his safe,” Eric Paddock told CNN. His neighbors in Mesquite, Nevada, have expressed their shock and said he never seemed violent.

Later Monday, Paddock’s brother revealed that their father was once on the FBI’s most wanted list. While that will be an interesting addition to the suspected killer’s profile, it may or may not explain anything.

And there was this: The brother also says the shooter was a multimillion-dollar real estate investor who played $100-a-hand poker. They are interesting details that may have nothing to do with a motive. 

It is a pointed illustration of how unreliable family members and neighbors can be in painting an accurate picture of people who commit horrendous acts. Ask yourself how well you really know your neighbors or even your family members who live

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Mass shootings in the US: Over 270 mass shootings have occurred in 2017

Monday’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip is the largest in the nation’s history.

READ MORE: Over 50 people killed, 400 injured in Las Vegas

According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 273 mass shooting incidents have occurred so far this year, as of October 2.

There doesn’t seem to be an official definition for a “mass shooting” in the United States, but according to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is described as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location.

The F.B.I. has defined “mass killing” and “mass murderer.”

The F.B.I. defines a “mass killing” as the killing of three or more people in a public place, but the federal agency also defines a “mass murderer” as someone who has killed four or more people in the same location.

The Gun Violence Archive lists itself as a not-for-profit organization

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Las Vegas shooting now tops list of worst mass shootings in US history

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A concertgoer captured the moment a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing scores of people and wounding hundreds of others. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing when the gunfire began.
AP

Fourteen months after a deadly shooting spree in Florida set a record for gun violence in the U.S., another brutal rampage has become the new, grim benchmark.

At least 59 people were killed and about 527 were injured when a gunman opened fire Sunday night on people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas. It

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/02/worst-mass-shootings-u-s-history/722254001/

Mass Shootings in Texas and Nationwide – NBC 5 Dallas

NBC 5 has compiled a list of recent mass shootings in Texas and nationwide:

Texas:

  • Austin, Aug. 1, 1966 — Thirteen people killed and more than 30 wounded as a gunman opened fire from the 28th floor of the University of Texas campus tower.
  • Dallas, Jun 29, 1984 — Six people killed in a shooting at the Ianni’s Nightclub.
  • Killeen, Oct. 16, 1991 — Twenty-three people killed in a Luby’s restaurant. At the time, the mass shooting was considered the deadliest by a single shooter in American history.
  • Fort Worth, Sept. 15, 1999 — Seven people killed at a youth prayer rally at Wedgwood Baptist Church.
  • Fort Hood, Nov. 5, 2009 — Thirteen people killed and more than 30 wounded at the Central Texas Army post.
  • Fort Hood, April 2, 2014 — Three people killed and more than a dozen others wounded.
  • Waco, May 17, 2015 — Nine people killed and 20 wounded in

    Read more at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Mass-Shootings-in-Texas-and-Nationwide-443820903.html

There Have Been More Mass Shootings in the U.S. in 2017 than Days

Yet another American community is reeling from a horrifying, fatal act involving a firearm. 

On Monday, a gunman opened fire in a public library in Clovis, New Mexico, killing two people and wounding four others. 

In response to Monday’s shooting, Clovis Mayor David Lansford said, “We’ve been hit hard. We’re a community that will get back up, but right now we’re hurting.”

This incident marked the 244th mass shooting in 2017, according to Gun Violence Archive. To put this into perspective, we are 240 days into the year. In short, the U.S. has had more mass shootings than days in 2017.

Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which “four or more shot and/or killed in a single event, at the same general time and location not including the shooter.”

Data from Gun

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/there-have-been-more-mass-shootings-days-2017-656681

There Have Been More Mass Shootings in the US in 2017 than Days

Yet another American community is reeling from a horrifying, fatal act involving a firearm. 

On Monday, a gunman opened fire in a public library in Clovis, New Mexico, killing two people and wounding four others. 

In response to Monday’s shooting, Clovis Mayor David Lansford said, “We’ve been hit hard. We’re a community that will get back up, but right now we’re hurting.”

This incident marked the 244th mass shooting in 2017, according to Gun Violence Archive. To put this into perspective, we are 240 days into the year. In short, the U.S. has had more mass shootings than days in 2017.

Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which “four or more shot and/or killed in a single event, at the same general time and location not including the shooter.”

Data from Gun

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/there-have-been-more-mass-shootings-days-2017-656681