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What counts as a “mass shooting”? The definition varies

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After each mass shooting in the United States, we hear a lot of debate about gun policies and just how often these shootings happen. 

On Feb. 13, a gunman fatally shot three Michigan State University students and critically injured five others in what some have defined as a “mass shooting.”  

After the shooting, some news outlets and elected officials said that there had been more mass shootings than days so far in 2023. 

Feb. 13 was the 44th day of 2023.

But a definitive answer to how many mass shootings there have been is difficult, because organizations tracking such shootings use different methodologies and definitions.

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