8 things science has shown to be strongly linked with more gun violence - and 2 things that are not
- Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 31 people in less than 24 hours on August 3 and 4.
- President Donald Trump blamed the shootings on "gruesome video games" and "mentally ill monsters," but there's no scientific link between either of these factors and gun violence.
- Instead, scientific research shows that a history of domestic abuse and easy access to guns are strongly linked to higher rates of gun deaths.
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On Saturday, a gunman opened fire in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more before he was arrested. The US Justice Department is investigating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism that may have targeted immigrants.
Less than 24 hours later, another gunman killed nine people on a street in Dayton, Ohio, including his own sister, and wounded 27 others before he was killed by police.The week before, yet another gunman, a 19-year-old, killed three people (two of them children) and injured 13 before fatally shooting himself at a festival in Gilroy, California.
Though President Donald Trump has blamed these mass shootings on mental illness and video games, the
Here's what research tells us.