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The Hill claims over 600 ‘mass shootings’ for 2022 using misleading data

On Thanksgiving Day, the Hill pointed to misleading data and claimed there were more than 600 “mass shootings” in 2022.

The Hill reports: “According to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, there were 609 incidents in 2022 in which four or more people other than the attacker were shot, putting the United States on pace to reach around 675 by the end of the year.

On Nov. 21, 2022, Breitbart News pointed out that Newsmax had also cited numbers from the Gun Violence Archive and claimed the United States had witnessed over 600 “mass shootings.” Breitbart noted that the Gun Violence Archive tracks such a high number of “mass shootings” by counting incidents in which there are “a minimum of four victims shot, wounded, or killed, not counting shooters who may also have been killed or injured in the incident”, such as “mass shootings”.

The Gun Violence Archive approach counts drive-by shootings, double homicides, murder-suicides, triple homicides, gang violence, and even gun-related cases in which there are no fatalities, like mass shootings.

On April 15, 2021, the Rand Corporation observed that the standard for “mass shootings” was derived from the 1980s FBI definition of a “mass murderer” as an individual who “kills four or more people in one incident (not including each other).” Therefore, four or more deaths in a single incident by a single gunman was the working definition of a “mass shooting”.

In 2013, the US Congress slightly modified the working definition by “defining mass killing as a single incident that results in three or more deaths. »

Either definition – “four or more dead” or “three or more people dead” – grossly underestimates the claim of more than 600 “mass shootings” in 2022.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused onn all Second Amendment stuff, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for Armed American Radio and an ambassador for Turning Point USA. AWR Hawkins holds a doctorate in military history with a focus on the Vietnam War (Brownwater Navy), the United States Navy since its inception, the Civil War, and early modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Contact him directly at

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