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Quantifying Terrorism's Turn to Guns

After the Orlando attack, a debate has again broken out about guns, gun laws, and how best to classify the attack.

Carl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news, discusses the relationship between guns and terrorist attacks in recent US history, saying that guns are on the rise as a terrorist's weapon of choice.

That could partly be a success of oversight, Bialik explained. It could be that law enforcement has successfully monitored bombs and explosive devices since September 11th and has foiled enough plots to deter terrorists from using explosives.

From 2002 to 2014, 85 percent of people killed by terrorists in the U.S. were killed by guns

— Carl Bialik (@CarlBialik) June 12, 2016

About 1 in 5 hate crimes are committed against LGBT people:

— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) June 15, 2016


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