Mass Shootings are, for the most part an American phenomenon. While they are generally grouped together as one type of incident they are several with the foundation definition being that they have a minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident.
And that loss, heaped unbearably onto 8 families in Highland Park, 8 of the 11,700 households, is decidedly real. But it’s not just those 8. Horrors and a broken sense of security now haunt the extended families of those 8, and the families of friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors and acquaintances… Highland Park is a lakeside community of 30,000 – now at sea.
The Gun Violence Archive notes that on that same day, July 4, there were five other mass shootings in the US, with 22 others injured and 2 more dead.
In just the first eight days of July, there have been 29 mass shootings in the US, killing 25 and injuring 151. Divide those numbers by eight days: we’ve had 3.6 mass shootings every day, over 3 killed and nearly 20 injured, EVERY DAY IN THE USA so far in July!
But it takes school children or a parade to make our news.
So yes, it seems I’m obsessed with the numbers. But no, I’m obsessed with the pain and the horror and the imbecilic wanton disregard of those who hide behind the 2nd Amendment while the nation falls to pieces.
What will it take, before we follow the wisdom of Australia, Japan, and others?
We need guns off the streets, out of our homes, away from the hands not only of the mentally ill and violently prone, but away from us all. There should be no right to bear 21st century arms in a peace-loving society. What will it take, to tear down the lie that our nation’s founders would stand by while citizens gun each other down for no good reason? What will it take to recognize that a well-armed militia of muskets just simply has nothing whatsoever to do with an AK-47 in the homes and hands of you and me?
By Roger Straw, May 29, 2022 6:28 pm PT (NOTE: Today’s report was outdated less than 2 hours after it was posted. As of 8pm, Gun Violence Archive is reporting 2 additional mass shootings: 7 injured in Henderson NV, and 6 injured in Phoenix AZ. Totals now in 5 days since Uvalde: 13 mass shootings, 8 killed, 58 injured.)
EARLIER: It goes on and on…. In the last 5 days, there have been another 11 mass shootings, 8 killed, 45 injured. (Details below.) All this since the massacre at Robb Elementary in Uvalde TX, where 19 fourth graders were shot to death along with 2 teachers.
The most recent mass shooting reported today was in nearby Merced CA. Two more were in my home state of Michigan.
We need sensible gun control NOW! …including universal background checks and a strong assault weapons ban, at minimum.
161 Killed and 524 Injured in just the MASS shootings so far this year (4 or more victims)
By Roger Straw, April 9, 2021
The Gun Violence Archive shows so much more than just numbers. Each number represents the horrific story of friends’ and families’ nightmare. See the numbers below, and so much more at Gun Violence Archive.
“Mass Shootings are, for the most part an American phenomenon. While they are generally grouped together as one type of incident they are several with the foundation definition being that they have a minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident.”
TOTAL OF 133 MASS SHOOTINGS JAN. 1 TO APR. 8, 161 KILLED, 524 INJURED