Promoting frank dialogue about the risk that firearms pose in moments of crisis is critical, and many members of society can take part in this conversation — from family physicians to gun dealers to military commanders. Legislation may prove an important tool for reducing these needless tragedies as well: some states have passed laws allowing family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove someone's firearms if they have demonstrated a danger to themselves and others.
Using FBI data and media reports, Everytown for Gun Safety developed an analysis of mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July 2015. The analysis found that there have been at least 133 mass shootings in the nearly seven-year period.
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