The US recorded more than 200 mass shootings in less than 6 months
In the US, on June 1, there was an incident shootings at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing five people, including the perpetrator. This new incident continues to show that mass shootings are still a worrying problem in the United States.
The incident happened just 10 days after an incident shoot at Tops supermarket in Buffalo (New York state), killing 10 people.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection organization, as of May 24, the 144th day of the year, the United States has witnessed 212 mass shootings. CNN defines a shooting as an accident in which more than four victims are killed or injured by a gunshot.
Previously, in 2021, the US recorded 693 shootings, of which 34 occurred at educational institutions. The numbers two years earlier were 611 and 417 respectively.
The May 24 incident is considered the deadliest elementary school shooting in the US since the 2012 Connecticut attack, which claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children. em.
A photo of a weapon posted on social media by the perpetrator of the Texas elementary school shooting before committing the crime. (Photo: CNN)
Accordingly, an average of 10 mass shootings occur in this country every week. These are the shocking figures in this article from the US Gun Violence Information Archive.
According to the latest statistics of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the number of targeted shootings in the country in 2021 has increased by more than 1.5 times compared to the previous year. These figures show that gun violence continues to be a concern in the US due to lax gun ownership regulations.
Federal data shows that gun sales in the US have increased over the past decade and skyrocketed during epidemics. Over two decades, American gun manufacturers have supplied the commercial market with more than 139 million firearms, including 11.3 million in 2020 alone.
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