Firefly

TV Show • 2002 • Drama  

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In the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, follow the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.
This tv show contains 48 potentially triggering events.
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Episode
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
185 supporters
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Emmasummers
It's not onscreen, but in Objects in Space, River talks to Early about a dog his neighbors had growing up and mentions "things he did" to it. Details aren't given but with the nature of the discussion it's pretty obvious what happened.
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Unanswered Triggers
Does a pet die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Anonymous
Our Mrs Reynolds 42min ish Mal punches and knocks out a woman he’s technically married to
Heart of Gold: plot line deals with custody of an unplanned pregnancy. A man chases down a pregnant sex worker and threatens her and the baby he believes he fathered
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Nuisance
During "Safe", Simon's parents cross into this territory, as they refuse to admit anything is wrong.
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Is a child abused?
64 supporters
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Harlbior
River Tam, a 17-year old girl, was abused for years in a mental institution.
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Addiction
Yes
9
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does a horse die?
51 supporters
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TheGrandDisciple
In the pilot episode. After a shoot out, Patience is hiding behind her horse and knows she lost.
The Main Character, Mal loses his patients and like a jerk, unnecessarily shoots and kills her horse then leaves her pinned under the innocent, poor creatures corpse.
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
93 supporters
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Are animals abused?
109 supporters
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Anonymous
During the episode “Safe” Jayne is shown smacking cattle for no particular reason
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Anonymous
In “safe” a rabbit is skinned before the opening credits
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Does a cat die?
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10
Does a dragon die?
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11
Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
16 supporters
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SalyxWoodbine
S1
 E2
Simon drugs Jayne, it’s comedic and he is not harmed.
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is someone restrained?
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Yes
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6
Rape is mentioned throughout the show, and in the last episode a character asks a female character, "have you ever been raped?" and implies he will assault her
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R*pe is threatened to characters but it never happens. It's still an incredibly scary scene and possibly triggering.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
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Harlbior
In "War Stories", Niska cuts off Mal's ear.
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Anonymous
Especially “Out of Gas,” which deals with the loss of life support on a ship
Ariel a man is fatally choked
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Is there cannibalism?
22 supporters
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Tchotchke
Mentions of cannibalism throughout the show but nothing visible.
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Emmasummers
No one seems to remember this, but in one episode (War Stories I believe?) an unnamed fighter catches fire and falls out of the shot. He's visible for a solid three seconds at least. It isn't implied that he survives.
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
27 supporters
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SalyxWoodbine
S1
 E3
A survivor of a reaver attack mutilates his own face. It’s only shown in very quick flashes.
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Is there amputation?
12 supporters
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Tchotchke
A character's eat gets cut off in the ep. War Stories.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
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8
Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
3 supporters
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Does someone break a bone?
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Yes
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Anonymous
Yes, Out of Gas.
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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SamKeenan
S1
 E9
In the episode “Ariel,” Jayne bites the hand of a security guard during a fight scene.
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Is someone tortured?
54 supporters
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Emmasummers
If you are uncomfortable with torture, skip War Stories. Scenes of Mal and Wash being tortured in various ways pop up through the whole episode, with hardly any warning.
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
48 supporters
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Children
Does a kid die?
25 supporters
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Is a minor sexualized?
59 supporters
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
5 supporters
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Does a parent die?
6 supporters
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Does someone cheat?
12 supporters
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6
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Nuisance
Someone comes close in "Our Mrs. Reynolds", but fails to fall to temptation.

There is cheating energy in "Heart of Gold", but it involves characters who have not codified and officially agreed to a relationship.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
28 supporters
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Is someone possessed?
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7
Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Dwam
S1
 E1
There a scene where Inara gives herself a sponge bath, there is however no nudity. I doubt this is what is being asked but thought there is no harm in mentioning it.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
57 supporters
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frogufo
In the episode Ariel, a character is briefly seen retching after being in a false death.

In the episode the Message, a character wakes up abruptly and then is sick.

Both are brief scenes with mostly audio
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
28 supporters
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3
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
14 supporters
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Medical
Yes
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Harlbior
More like "electro-torture" in War Stories.
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Anonymous
Pilot: Inara looks at a syringe.
Out of Gas: multiple syringes forcefully into people’s chests
Ariel: needles shown injecting into forearms and IV’s
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KSNAP
A character is abused in an institution.
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16
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frogufo
The episode Ariel takes place in a hospital. There are also many medical scenes throughout the series
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10
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Nuisance
Technically yes, but even a lot of hardcore fans don't know this, as the evidence for it is limited to subtle clues and implications - it would have been addressed in a later season (doesn't come up in the movie but is in one of the books).
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Mental Health
Yes
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PshcosisCentral
River has PTSD from being abused in an institution
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TheGrandDisciple
In Bushwhacked, the survivor of an attacked ship is turning into a zombie like creature called a Reaver and is seen mutilating himself as the Reavers are known for doing
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Harlbior
River Tam, one of the main characters, is a mentally unstable teenage girl who, on occasion, acts violently.
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Is there misophonia?
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2
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1
Is there body dysmorphia?
18 supporters
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Yes
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5
Are there anxiety attacks?
17 supporters
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9
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Harlbior
A thief was placed in a box for a decade as punishment.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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2
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TheCassandraComplex
Difficult to untangle what’s from PTSD and brain damage but some flashbacks indicate that River was extremely blunt and didn’t pick up on social queues even before the experiments. Regardless, River exhibits behaviors that are similar to autism and she is verbally and physically abused multiple times throughout the series.
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1
Noxious
Does a baby cry?
12 supporters
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Yes
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Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
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7
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0
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Nuisance
Some flashbacks from River's traumatic backstory have brief flashes of light.
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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3
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
13 supporters
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3
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
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1
Harlbior
In "Heart of Gold".
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Are there abortions?
12 supporters
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6
1
There's a healthy newborn baby in at least one episode.
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Does someone miscarry?
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8
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Anonymous
No, but in Heart of Gold a man threatens to cut a pregnant woman’s baby out.
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
28 supporters
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1
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7
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Anonymous
S1E6 “Our Mrs Reynolds”
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6
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Harlbior
No one dies in "Objects In Space", but Jubal Early, a black bounty hunter, is left to die floating in space.
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6
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Nuisance
It doesn't come up much but the word used for "gay" in this world is "sly", it's only used once that I recall and it didn't feel disrespectful.

Jayne's a bit creepy about witnessing an encounter between two women, but not abusive.
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Yes
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Corellon
Yes, and it's pretty typical too. Mal disguises himself with old timey women's clothing. He's annoyed because dress. His friends make fun of him because bwahahaha man in a dress. Mal delivers the popular line: "I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will END you!"
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Is there hate speech?
18 supporters
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Nuisance
There's a lot of very misogynistic speech. Heart of Gold is probably the worst, but it's unfortunately common in this world it seems.
There's also language used about both the Alliance and the Browncoats that would be considered hate speech if they were real groups in our world.
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Does an LGBT person die?
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0
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9
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Emmasummers
The character Jayne's treatment of River could be considered ableist
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Are there n-words?
17 supporters
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6
Sex
Yes
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EllowynBeimler
S1
 E1
There's a brief scene of Inara with a "john" in the first episode, nothing is visible though
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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3
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Yes
3
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EllowynBeimler
S1
 E1
Full side profile of River in the first episode, and when they zoom out you can see more but it's filmed from pretty far away.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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48 supporters
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6
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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Yes
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Emmasummers
Only if you watch the companion movie, Serenity. The show ends on a fairly positive tone.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
8 supporters
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5
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Harlbior
A dune buggy like vehicle is rigged to crash during a raid on Niska's space station in "War Stories".
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Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Yes
0
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9
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
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0
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7
Is there blood/gore?
29 supporters
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12
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
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0
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7
Yes
12
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0
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Nuisance
There is LOTS of gun violence.
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