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These Are The Guns Used In The Last 30 Years Of Mass Shootings

Hunting rifles to semi-automatics, handguns to shotguns, legal to illegal.

These Are The Guns Used In The Last 30 Years Of Mass Shootings
[Image: Hand gun via Shutterstock]

Last year Mother Jones collected a bunch of data on the specific guns used in mass shootings over the past 30 years, from 1984 to present. The Washington Post took that data, added the past year’s tragic statistics, and turned it into an infographic.

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It can be helpful to look at graphics like this to pick out the larger trends, and also, on a base level, to see just how depressing it is that a mere three decades can produce enough data to make such an extensive interactive infographic. The graphic shows that the majority of guns were purchased legally, that many involved two or more different types of weapons, that an increasing number of shooters are considered to have a mental health issue, and that women do not really do this (only two instances overall).

Check out the graphic here.

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Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law.

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