How often do we have mass shootings in America?

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 in Gun Control by Robert Miller
Do we have a problem in America

Do we have a problem in America?

On December 2, 2015, the NYT ran a story about how often we have mass shootings in America.  Last year the worst killing spree was in San Bernardino, California, where 14 people were killed and at least 17 were wounded. The FBI is now treating this case as an act of terrorism; it appears to be the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. As the Times points out it is virtually impossible to know whether mass shootings are trending upward or not because very little data is available. The FBI uses as its definition of a mass shooting, whether  a shooting incident in which of 4 or more people are dead or injured, not including the shooter. So guess what? Nearly every day we have one or more mass shootings. Databases that keep track of this gun violence can be found at shootingtracker.com and gunviolencearchive.org. So far this year (2016) we have had 30 mass shootings; in 2014 we had 281 mass shootings; in 2015 we had 330 mass shootings. I see at least a trend emerging.

Americans are armed to the teeth

Americans are armed to the teeth

Last year the number of people dying from gunshot violence was 13,381 and the number injured was 26,971. The number of children ages 0-11 who died from gun violence was 693; the number of teens age 12-17 who died from gun violence was 2,690.

The reason ISIS doesn’t plan on shooting Americans in America is because we do  such a good job of it ourselves. Why should they come over and risk their lives when we do a much better job of murdering our own citizens.

RFM

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