The United States is now averaging more than one mass shooting a day, with statistics revealing the country has experienced more mass shootings than days this year.
Residents of a the quiet Oregon town that was latest town to face the carnage left by the latest USA mass shooting are still searching for why the young gunman killed nine people in a college classroom before he died after exchanging gunfire with police.
The tracker draws a few criticism because its definition is broader than the FBI’s definition, which requires three or more people to be killed by gunfire.
Charleston. Lafayette. Virginia. Now, Roseburg Oregon. For many Americans it was all the sadder as a reminder of how frequent, how depressingly routine, mass shootings have become. Six shot outside a Tulsa nightclub.
July and March also saw the longest consecutive streak of shootings – at least one incident happened a day in a span of 12 days in each month. A pregnant mom and grandmother killed, an infant wounded in Chicago.
Pam Bosley (C), whose son Terrell was killed in a shooting, wipes her eye as she stands with family members and victims of mass shootings during a news conference by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calling on Congress to address gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington December 18, 2012. If the initial casualty figures in Oregon are confirmed, that would bring the total of deaths by mass shooting so far this year to 380, with well over 1000 injured.
Earlier today US President Barack Obama addressed the USA, chastising people that shootings have become “routine”. And these very numbers will need to be updated again tomorrow. And the day after.
Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.