There is no end to the fun we can have dancing around various definitions of various statistics.
Allowing the debate to be highjacked over unimportant issues — and, yes, they are unimportant when it comes to legislation — is a strike against both sides.
The problem with gun control was summed up nicely by Mark Glaze, the former executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety and Mayors Against Illegal guns, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal a few years ago.
“Is it a messaging problem when a mass shooting happens and nothing we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting? Sure, it’s a challenge in this issue.”
That’s still the problem and it doesn’t apply just to mass shootings.