130 mass shootings have already occurred in 2023
There are actually shootings every day… in the United States. The proof that this nightmare is a like an endless loop is that we are talking about the young woman who this Monday killed three children in Nashville (Tennessee), when there has already been another shooting. It has been this Tuesday in a nightclub in Hyattsville (Maryland) and has resulted in one dead and three wounded.
Statistics say that on average more than 100 people die every day in the U.S. as a result of gun violence gun violence. It is true that 64 of them die by suicide. There are still 39 who lose their lives in a homicide and 3 by other forms of firearms violence.
So far in 2023, including the Nashville Covenant school shooting, 192 people have already been killed by firearmsaccording to data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a non-profit group that researches gun violence from police reports, news reports, and other public sources. 192 deaths in just 87 days (including suicides).
130 mass shootings in just 87 days.
There are several definitions in the U.S. of what is considered a mass shooting, but the most widespread is that of an event in which four or more people are killed or injured by gunshot wounds.excluding the shooter.
In this definition, that of the GVA, the victims must have been the victims of gunfire in the same place and at approximately the same time. However, the U.S. Congressional Research Service includes in its definition the presence of fatalities.
If we take as a measure that of the GVA, in the U.S. in what has elapsed of. 2023 there have already been 130 mass shootings. (i.e., with at least 4 killed or wounded). In all of 2022 there were 647.
Of that total number of mass shootings with fatalities and/or injuries, counting the Nashville shooting, this year there have been. 13 in nursery schoolsaccording to data from Education Week.
The bloodiest shootings of the year.
From the 130 mass shootings of 2023these have been the most serious:
January 4, Enoch (Utah)
Eight people, all from the same family, died inside a home in what police called a murder-suicide. Among the victims were five children ranging in age from 4 to 17.
January 16, Goshen (California).
Four members of the same family were shot to death by two intruders inside a San Joaquin Valley home. Among the dead were a 72-year-old woman sleeping in bed; a teenage mother and her baby; and a 19-year-old man.
January 21, Monterey Park (California).
A 72-year-old gunman killed 11 people and wounded at least nine others at a dance hall where the Lunar New Year was being celebrated. The gunman was found dead a day later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
January 23, Half Moon Bay (California).
Seven people were shot and killed and one was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after a gunman opened fire on two farms.
January 28, Los Angeles (California).
Three people were killed and four others were wounded in a shooting at an apartment in an upscale neighborhood near Beverly Hills.
February 1, Washington, D.C..
A gunman attacked several people on a bus and inside a Metro station. An employee who attempted to intervene was killed and three other people were injured.
February 13, East Lansing (Michigan).
Three students were killed and five others were wounded in shootings in two buildings on the Michigan State University campus. The perpetrator of the shootings later committed suicide.
February 17, Tate County (Mississippi).
A 52-year-old man killed six people in rural Mississippi. Among the deceased were his ex-wife and two brothers in their 70s.
March 4, Douglasville (Georgia).
Two teenagers were killed at a birthday party by gunfire from a gunman. Seven others were wounded.
March 27, Nashville (Tennessee).
A 28-year-old transgender woman killed three minors and three adults at a private, Christian elementary school in Covenant. The assailant, who was carrying two assault rifles and a handgun, was shot and killed by officers.
Fewer restrictions, more shootings
And yet, despite this terrible and permanent string of shootings, wounded and dead, for half of Americans gun ownership and sales are a non-negotiable issue.. Millions of them consider that guns were a basic element in the genesis of their nation and are therefore inherent to the very fact of being “American”.
The rate of shooting assaults increased 9.5% in the 34 states that eased restrictions on carrying firearms in public
And yet, reality has shown that with fewer restrictions on the purchase and use of firearms there are always more shootings. A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has revealed that the average rate of firearm assaults increased by an average of 9.5%. after 34 states eased restrictions on carrying firearms in public.
Research shows that the adoption of less restrictive laws was associated with a 24% increase in the rate of firearms assaults (12.75 per 100,000) when the persons convicted of violent misdemeanors were able to obtain concealed possession permits.. In contrast, in states where security training is required, there was no such increase in firearm assaults.