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Report: Social media talk focuses on gun control

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December 20, 2012 01:42 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — A report shows that the school shooting in Connecticut has led to more discussion about gun policy on social media than previous rampages.

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released the report Thursday. It says gun policy accounted for almost 30 percent of discussions examined on blogs and Twitter in the three days after Friday's massacre.

The report compares the response to the Newtown tragedy with the Arizona shooting in 2011 that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six. It says that in the three days after that, just 3 percent of social media conversation was about gun laws.

The report says users advocating for gun control were more numerous than those defending current gun laws.

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