12 Hard Facts About Assault Weapons and Gun Violence in America
A semiautomatic assault weapon is a gun that __________.
What years was US the federal assault weapons ban in place?
Between 1984 and June 2016, there have been 47 major mass shootings, including Orlando. How many of those happened while the federal assault weapons ban was in effect?
Since the assault weapons ban expired, how many major mass shootings has the US had?
What model of assault weapon was used in the deadly mass shootings in Aurora, Newtown, Umpqua, San Bernardino, and Orlando?
What is that gun actually best used for?
At the end of 2014, how many of that gun model were owned in the US?
True or false: Some individual states have assault weapons bans.
True or false: Of all the people who die of gun violence in America, military-style assault rifles kill most of them.
About how many firearms are there in America overall?
The NRA argues that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” About how many times a year is a gun used in self-defense?
Since 2000, the overall violent crime rate is way down. True or false: Since 2000, the number of people shot and killed every year has gone up.
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
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