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Why mass shootings fear is so pervasive: misleading statistics and marathon news coverage

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This article was written by James Alan Fox, professor of criminology, law, and public policy at Northeastern University.

Amid confusion about what constitutes mass shootings vs. mass killings, fears are not always consistent with the risk.

With emotions still raw following the massacre of 19 fourth-graders and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the USA TODAY Editorial Board assembled a stunning collection of student reactions to the carnage.

Read it and weep.

Parents around America can empathize with grief-stricken mothers and fathers who gave tearful interviews to the news media eager for gut-wrenching video footage. According to a recent CBS News poll, nearly three-quarters of parents of school-age children are at least “somewhat concerned about the possibility of gun violence at their children’s school,” including 1 in 3 who are very concerned.

Read the full article at USA TODAY.

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