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Do mass shootings, like the tragic event in Las Vegas on the evening of Oct. 1, change people's minds about gun control?

From a policy perspective, we can ask whether changes in gun regulations would likely affect the occurrence of mass shootings and other forms of gun violence. (We certainly should be asking these questions.)

Like many Americans, Chris Michel woke up Monday morning to the horrific news of the massacre in Las Vegas, which left 58 people dead as well as the shooter Stephen Paddock and nearly 500 injured.

Last weekend's massacre in Las Vegas is only the latest reminder of the persistent gun violence in the United States. And a new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence unrelated to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared with those in much of the rest of the world.

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A state lawmaker has proposed allowing Kentuckians to carry concealed firearms without a license. The legislation would allow people carrying concealed deadly weapons anywhere license holders are already allowed. 

As horrific as mass shootings are, they are outliers. The vast majority of gun deaths in America are either suicides or one-on-one shootings. Mass shootings represent a small fraction of deaths by firearm.

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Update:

A Kentucky woman says her 7-year-old grandson is dead because of "senseless recklessness" that led to stray gunfire hitting him while he played on his iPad and ate cake in his Louisville home.

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The Tennessee House has cleared a bill that would let people use silencers on their guns.

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Tennessee lawmakers have advanced a proposal to eliminate jail time for carrying a gun in public without a state-issued permit. 

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The Tennessee Senate has voted to let people use silencers on guns for the sake of hearing and bring guns on their boats. 

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A Kentucky Health Issues Poll has revealed that 12 percent of state households with children keep their firearms unlocked and loaded.

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