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In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping that death toll and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening will get few answers. Instead, a handful of academics, like Duwe, have toiled sometimes for decades with limited funding trying to better understand why these shootings happen and how to prevent them.While mass shootings happen with regularity, they remain so rare that there isn't enough information to draw conclusions with any certainty. This year's shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by an Air Force veteran who shot up a church sanctuary, killing more than two dozen, also is now among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.Mass shootings are widely defined as one in which four or more people are killed in a public place, excluding both domestic violence and gang-related violence. In half of the deadliest mass shootings, the perpetrator used at least one AR-style firearm.The others were carried out with handguns, the weapon used in the majority of mass shootings.
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