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How common are mass shootings?

According to Pew Research Center analysis of government data “less than 1 percent of homicides each year claim three or more victims. In 2010, there were 31,672 deaths in the U.S. from firearm injuries, with the biggest categories being suicide (19,392) and homicide (11,078).”

Despite that fact, mass shootings command much more public attention, and were among the top five stories closely watched by people in 2011 and 2012.

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