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For Americans, privately-owned guns are deadlier than war

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Since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, proponents of tougher gun control laws have touted the statistic that there have been more American civilian deaths since 1968 due to privately owned firearms than from all American military conflicts combined.

Why it matters

It's important to understand the statistics as a whole when looking for solutions to gun violence, while also acknowledging the gravity of the horror in Las Vegas.