Someone asked whether COVID impacted mass shootings in the US

Not according to the Gun Violence Archive (which defines mass shooting as "4 or more people shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter")

2015: 336
2016: 382
2017: 346
2018: 336
2019: 417
2020: 611
In terms of school shootings, which is defined broadly in the @K12ssdb (see highlight), COVID did have an impact (only 1 active shooter situation in 2020, down from 7 in 2019 and 11 in 2018). chds.us/ssdb/
If you look at the @MotherJones data (and thanks to @Dsterms for reminding me of it), which defines mass shootings differently as "indiscriminate rampages in public places resulting in 4 or more victims killed by the attacker", COVID does have an impact: motherjones.com/politics/2012/…
So, for 2020, if you remove the "public places" variable, mass shootings go up drastically. If you include it, they drop drastically.

And so I'd like to end with something non-academics love to hear: I guess it depends how you define it. #sorry

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1/ Some of the discussion so far about QAnon and Evangelicals has been a bit simplistic and ahistorical.

Short thread on some of the mistakes I’ve seen: First, the term "evangelical" in the US means you are talking about around 100 million people.
2/ They are not a homogenous glob moving in tandem. The better term for the precise issue we are talking about is probably "Christian nationalists".
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