U.S. Mass Shootings in 2023: The Number Keeps Increasing

U.S. on Track for Record Number of Mass Killings in 2023: A Grim Look at Gun Violence in America
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U.S. on Track for Record Number of Mass Killings in 2023: A Grim Look at Gun Violence in America

The year 2023 is shaping up to be the worst in recent history for mass killings in the United States. Mass killings, defined as incidents in which four or more people are killed, are on pace to reach 60 this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This is compared to 31 in 2019, 21 in 2020, 28 in 2021, and 36 in 2022. The US is seeing, on average more than one mass killing per week.

As of May 7th, 2023, there have been 202 mass shootings, defined by the archive as incidents involving at least four people killed or injured by firearms, excluding the shooter, since the beginning of the year. The incidents have occurred at shopping malls, schools, parties, and in neighbourhoods across the country. This has prompted a lot of soul-searching in the country where millions of guns are in public hands, and meaningful gun control is not politically feasible.

Recently, another mass shooting took place in Allen, Texas, leaving eight dead. The gunman was also killed. On Sunday, Texas saw another mass killing as a driver ploughed his truck into a crowd at a bus stop near a shelter serving migrants in the southern city of Brownsville, killing eight. Texas has had 41 mass shootings so far in 2023, with more than 1 million registered guns.

Mass shootings have attracted the most attention in the US and overseas, and no other industrialized country outside of war and conflict zones experiences such habitual gun violence in civic life. State lawmakers have voiced their outrage at the latest tragedy, with a Democratic state senator calling for political courage to address the issue of gun violence. It remains to be seen what action will be taken as the US continues to grapple with the reality of mass shootings and the impact they have on communities across the country.

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