In the wake of mass shootings, proponents of tougher gun control laws like to tout the statistic that there have been more American civilian deaths since 1968 due to privately-owned firearms than from all American military conflicts combined. However, when looking at the statistics as a whole, fewer than 5% of gun-related deaths are linked to mass shootings.

Get smart: The most generous estimates put the number of deaths from the battlefield since the Revolutionary War at about 1.3 million, not including those who died from disease. Meanwhile, The number of deaths related to gun use since 1968 is roughly 1,516,863, according to a report and data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly two-thirds of those are suicides, FiveThirtyEight notes. Almost half of all suicides in the U.S. are performed with guns.

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The Supreme Court rejected in a 5-3 decision Monday Wisconsin Democrats' request to reinstate an extension of the deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.

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The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. She is expected to be sworn in within hours.

Why it matters: President Trump and Senate Republicans have succeeded in confirming a third conservative justice in just four years, tilting the balance of the Supreme Court firmly to the right for perhaps a generation.