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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.

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CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states on Monday that "now is not the time" to lift public health restrictions, as the recent dramatic declines in coronavirus cases and deaths "appear to be stalling."

Why it matters: While the average of 70,000 new infections and 2,000 daily deaths is nowhere near the extremely high levels recorded at the start of 2021, the figures are still a poor baseline to "stop a potential fourth surge" — especially with the threat posed by more contagious new variants, Walensky warned.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces "ultra-millionaire" wealth tax bill

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday introduced a bill in the Senate that would impose a new tax on the assets of America's wealthiest individuals.

Why it matters: The plan, which Warren introduced along with Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) is similar to a proposal that was the centerpiece of Warren's campaign for the presidency in 2020.

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Former French President Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

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A court in Paris on Monday sentenced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence after he was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate, AP reports.

Driving the news: Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, is the first president in France’s modern history to have gone on trial for corruption, per AP. He was charged with corruption and influence-peddling.

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