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My daughter recently told me the one rule for playing with pretend guns at her preschool: "You can shoot someone. But you have to ask them if it's ok first. And they have to say yes."

And that was that. She went on eating her waffles. I had more questions.

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America has experienced yet another mass shooting, this time at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is reportedly the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

As a criminologist, I have reviewed recent research in hopes of debunking some of the common misconceptions I hear creeping into discussions that spring up whenever a mass shooting occurs. Here’s some recent scholarship about mass shootings that should help you identify misinformation when you hear it.

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If you're afraid of being shot, you're not alone. It's less of an issue in Australia, where there are around 200 shooting deaths per year. But if you're visiting America, your fears are, unfortunately, justified. Guns kill almost 100 people in America every single day. Even worse, guns and the bullets they fire are not the hyper-precise weapons Hollywood makes them out to be. They're messy, and they do a lot of damage you can't see. This is what happens if you take a bullet, and what you can do to possibly save your life or someone else's.