The 39 Mass Shootings In The Us So Far This Year Are Only The Beginning

The 39 Mass Shootings In The Us So Far This Year Are Only The Beginning

According to Protecting Our Students, whose mission is to reduce and end school shootings, the easy access to guns, the number of gun deaths—which stood at 1,214 in January—can only go up.

California has been rocked by two horrifying homicides a few days apart, yet Mass shootings this horrific cannot be tolerated as abnormal in the US. There have been 39 mass shootings nationwide as of the seventh day of January this year, with five of them taking place in California.

The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit research organization, has published reports demonstrating how predictable mass shootings in America are. Their data indicates that approximately 70 individuals were shot and killed in mass shootings in 2023. A mass shooting is any armed act in which at least four victims—not counting the attacker—are hurt or killed.

One hundred twenty children were among the 1,214 people who died before the end of the first month of this year from gun violence overall, not counting suicides. The estimate for 2022 is 20,200; by the end of 2023, it will probably reach the tens of thousands.

Comparatively, the UK data revealed that weapons killed 31 persons in the entire year that ended in March 2022. Sixty-seven million people live in the UK compared to 333 million in the US.

The shooting at Monterey Park on Saturday was remarkable as the deadliest US shooting in 2023. In a lunar new year attack at a dance hall in a nearby city, a 72-year-old Asian man was charged with killing 11 people.

A guy in Utah shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law, five children, and five grandchildren just a few days into 2023. He then turned the pistol on himself.

And on Monday, while US cable news networks were still covering the fallout from the shooting in Monterey Park, they were forced to cut to a new mass murder that had just occurred, this time at a school for at-risk youth in Des Moines, Iowa. A teacher was hurt, and two kids perished.

Later that day, seven individuals were slain in northern California in a rural area approximately 30 miles south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay. For only a short while after the 38th mass shooting, two fatalities and three injuries occurred in Chicago.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, claims that when visiting Monterey Park murder victims in a hospital, he was summoned away “to be briefed about another incident.”

It’s challenging to keep up with the killings at this rate. Eight days prior, a mass shooting in California claimed the lives of six people, including a 17-year-old mother and her six-month-old child.

Contrary to assertions made by the US gun industry and its strong political allies, there is little evidence linking these massacres to the backgrounds or mental health of the perpetrators. The connection that sets the US apart from most other advanced nations is the easy access to lethal weapons.

In the last ten years, Americans are projected to have purchased 150 million weapons, with sales rising, particularly during the epidemic. The United States has the world’s most significant gun ownership rate, more than twice that of Yemen, the next-highest country on the list, according to the 2018 Small Arms Survey study.