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When MotherJones refutes it, you know you're out there."More mass shootings than calendar days last year" - fact check, please.
This wildly inflated statistic isn't just misleading the public—it's stirring undue fear and may be encouraging bad policies.
Everyone is desperate to know why these attacks happen and how we might stop them—and we can’t know, unless we focus on useful data.
In fact, there have been four mass shootings this year. Or, if you count using the federal government's current criteria—three or more victims killed in an indiscriminate public rampage—there have been six mass shootings this year.
I recently wrote in the New York Times about the dubious methodology behind the "mass shootings every day" claim—essentially, an anonymous guy on Reddit made it up—and why it makes little sense in the context of Sandy Hook or San Bernardino:
Lord knows those people injured by the BB gun deserve to be counted among the fallen."More mass shootings than calendar days last year" - fact check, please.