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Connections: Understanding the Statistics on Mass Shootings

You've probably heard that there have been 355 mass shootings so far this year. Where did that statistic come from? The FBI says there have been 22. A journalist who covers gun crime for Mother Jones says the number is four. Why the disparity? What's the impact of using one set of data over another? Are we devaluing lives if we restrict the definition? Our guests explain:

  • Irshad Altheimer, associate professor of criminal justice, criminological theory, criminology,and corrections, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mark Concordia, assistant professor of criminal justice, Roberts Wesleyan College
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.