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Photo: Elaine Thompson, Ahn Young-joon / AP

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.

The facts

Here are some important details to keep in mind:

  • The most generous estimates put the number of deaths from the battle field since the Revolutionary War at about 1.3 million, according to Politifact.
  • Many war-related deaths are the result of disease. For every three soldiers killed in the Civil War, five more died from disease.
  • The number of deaths related to gun use since 1968 is 1,516,863, according to a report and data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Nearly two-thirds of those firearm related deaths are suicides, FiveThirtyEight notes. Almost half of all suicides in the U.S. are performed with guns.
  • Of the times a gun was used for murder (not negligent manslaughter), FiveThirtyEight found that fewer than 5% were instances of mass shootings — when four or more are killed.
  • Between 2002 and 2015, only 82 people were killed due to an act of terrorism, defined by the Global Terrorism Database as "the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation."

Go deeper: The human toll of mass shootings.

Go deeper

Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing

Stephen Hahn. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

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Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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