White House acknowledges that the United States is experiencing “a crisis” in the rise of mass shootings
The White House said Monday that the United States is experiencing “a crisis” over shootings in the wake of this weekend’s attack in Allen, Texas, where eight people were killedamong them minors.
“We are on the 128th day of 2023 and, according to major counts, we have seen the 201st mass shooting (number) of this year. in this country,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said at her daily press briefing.
She stressed that this amounts to an average of more than one shooting a day and that, according to estimates, more than 14,000 people have died this year from gun violence.
“This is a crisis, this is a crisis that Republicans in Congress refuse to address. We are talking about the leading cause of death in minors in the U.S. and with Republicans in Congress saying nothing can be done about it,” the spokeswoman lamented.
Jean-Pierre recalled that the country’s president, Joe Biden, this Sunday urged Congress to pass a law banning assault weapons and other high-capacity weaponry, among other measures.
On Saturday, a man opened fire in a shopping center in Allen, a city near Dallas (Texas), with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, causing the death of eight people.
To date, the following have been recorded in the U.S. so far this year. 202 “mass shootings”according to the Gun Violence Archive, which considers mass shootings to be those with at least four victims – both dead and wounded – and not counting the perpetrator of the attack.