Last night, Orlando became home of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when 50 people were brutally gunned down in a gay nightclub massacre.
However devastating as the news may have struck our emotional cords, when trying to comprehend and grasp what just happened, statistically, mass shootings have now become frequent.
There is a mass shooting in the U.S. almost every day. More precisely, there have been 998 mass shootings in the 912 days since Sandy Hook, according to numbers from the Gun Violence Archive.
The database keeps track of events since 2013 in which four or more people (not including the shooter) were shot at the same time and location.
Researchers comb through hundreds of news stories, police reports, and other sources each day, and all reports are individually verified. Some shootings are not reported, so there is likely even more.
Mass shootings are defined as public shootings in which four or more people are shot, excluding domestic, gang, and drug violence shootings. They appear to get more common, according to an analysis from Harvard School of Public Health researchers.
Yet, they are only a fraction of America’s total deaths from firearms, which are now totaling over 32,000 every year, according to U.S. Uncut. In comparison to other developed countries, the U.S. had 29.7 firearm homicides per 1 million people in 2012, whereas Switzerland had 7.7, Canada had 5.1, and Germany had 1.9 per 1 million.
Research confirms that where there are more guns, there are also more homicides.
The U.S. possesses 42 percent of the entire world’s civilian-owned guns, while the number of citizens comprise only about 4.4 percent of the world’s population.
Even toddlers are getting hold of guns and shooting people at unprecedented numbers, causing 23 deaths just this year.
When can we finally look forward to some real gun control and feel safe?
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