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Mayors with exceptional courage, compassion and competence sought for the 2016 World Mayor Prize
The 2016 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be awarded to mayors who have accepted and successfully managed the challenges posed by migration but are also convinced of its longterm benefits. They will be leading a city where past and/or more recent immigrants have contributed to the city’s society, economy and culture. The City Mayors Foundation will also consider mayors for the honours whose communities has shown exceptional resilience during the recent arrivals from disaster-torn regions of the world.

If you are convinced, like us, that the world’s cities have greatly benefited from immigrants, whose perseverance in the face of hardship and often prejudice has created the civic societies that we value and enjoy today, we invite you to nominate a mayor for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

At a time when there are some 60 million refugees worldwide, mayors to be considered for the World Mayor honours will need to have shown exceptional compassion, courage and competence. Compassion for people who have travelled great distances to find safety. Courage to fight prejudice even in the face of unpopularity. Competence to leverage the value and potential each person offers society.

By taking part in this year’s World Mayor Project you are also voicing your support for all those cities that have had to bear the brunt of the recent influx of migrants and refugees.

Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Calgary, Ghent, Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.

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Mass shootings
occur in the US
almost every day

Research 2015: Since the beginning of 2015 some 13,000 people have died and 26,000 were injured in gun-related incidents in the US. Research shows that almost 700 children and 2,500 teenagers were killed or injured in more than 50,000 incidents. The findings by the Washington-based Gun Violence Archive also reveal that since January 2015 mass shootings, involving four or more dead or wounded victims, took place almost every day. According to the research up to the end of November, there have been some 354 mass shootings in 220 cities in 47 US states.

In an interview with The New York Times, a spokesman for Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organisation that advocates gun control, however told reporters that shootings with multiple victims were only a tiny subset of everyday gun violence in America. “On the day 14 people were killed in the recent attack in San Bernardino, it is likely that that 88 other people died from gun violence across the US.”

A study by the organisation also found that contrary to what proponents of gun ownership say, only eleven per cent of perpetrators showed signs of mental illness. Researchers also found that 57 of gun-related incidents involved domestic partners and that more than two-thirds of shootings took place in private residences, while 28 per cent occurred in public spaces. “Half of all victims were women.” Everytown for Gun Safety also found that 60 per cent of the attackers were not prohibited from owning guns but that there was less likelihood of mass killings in states that required background checks for all handgun sales than in states that did not.

Incidents of gun violence in the USA
(January to December 1015)
Number of incidents: 50,740
Number of deaths: 12,854
Number of injuries: 26.010
Number of children (up to age 11) killed of injured: 667
Number of teenagers (age 12 to 17) killed or injured: 2,559
Mass shootings (four or more victims): 321
Accidental shootings: 1,850
(Source: Gun Violence Archive*)

Incidents of worst gun violence in the USA in 2015
Incident date State City or county
Killed
Injured
December 2, 2015 California San Bernardino
16
21
October 1, 2015 Oregon Roseburg
10
9
June 17, 2015 South Carolina Charleston
9
0
May 17, 2015 Texas Waco
9
18
August 8, 2015 Texas Houston
8
0
February 26, 2015 Missouri Tyrone
8
1
September 17, 2015 South Dakota Platte
6
0
July 16, 2015 Tennessee Chattanooga
6
2
November 15, 2015 Texas Tennessee Colony
5
0
September 10, 2015 Minnesota Clearbrook (Greenwood)
5
0
July 22, 2015 Georgia Suwanee
5
0
June 7, 2015 Montana Deer Lodge
5
0
May 12, 2015 Arizona Tucson
5
0
April 16, 2015 Arizona Phoenix
5
0
February 7, 2015 Georgia Douglasville
5
2
November 23, 2015 Ohio Columbus
4
1
November 13, 2015 Florida Jacksonville
4
1
November 2, 2015 South Carolina Pendleton
4
0
August 7, 2015 Vermont Barre (Berlin)
4
0
July 15, 2015 South Carolina Holly Hill
4
1
June 13, 2015 Ohio Columbus
4
1
May 3, 2015 Wisconsin Menasha
4
1
March 24, 2015 Indiana Indianapolis
4
0
February 22, 2015 Texas Killeen
4
1
January 31, 2015 Georgia Lagrange
4
0
November 27, 2015 Colorado Colorado Springs
3
9
November 16, 2015 Alabama Cherokee (county)
3
1
September 28, 2015 Illinois Chicago
3
2
August 29, 2015 Tennessee Bristol
3
2
August 22, 2015 New Mexico Roswell
3
1
August 19, 2015 New York Rochester
3
4
July 23, 2015 Louisiana Lafayette
3
9
July 7, 2015 Maryland Baltimore
3
1
June 3, 2015 New York Wyandanch
3
1
May 31, 2015 Ohio Cleveland
3
1
May 31, 2015 Georgia Conyers
3
2
March 17, 2015 California Stockton
3
4
February 25, 2015 Texas Houston
3
3
February 22, 2015 Georgia Clarkesville
3
2
February 9, 2015 Florida New Port Richey
3
1
February 5, 2015 Ohio Warrensville Heights
3
3
December 6, 2015 Nebraska Omaha
2
3
November 9, 2015 Indiana Indianapolis
2
2
November 3, 2015 Florida Jacksonville
2
3
September 28, 2015 Illinois Chicago
2
3
September 12, 2015 New York Rochester
2
4
September 7, 2015 Indiana Gary
2
4
August 27, 2015 California Salinas
2
2
August 26, 2015 Florida West Palm Beach
2
2
August 21, 2015 Ohio Cincinnati
2
5
August 20, 2015 Texas Grulla (La Grulla)
2
2
August 8, 2015 North Carolina Gastonia
2
3
July 26, 2015 Missouri Kansas City
2
3
July 24, 2015 Pennsylvania Erie
2
4
July 18, 2015 Louisiana Baton Rouge
2
2
July 12, 2015 Illinois River Forest
2
3
May 26, 2015 Louisiana New Orleans
2
2
May 23, 2015 California Fresno
2
2
May 1, 2015 Wisconsin Milwaukee
2
3
April 27, 2015 New York Brooklyn
2
4
April 27, 2015 Arizona Gila Bend
2
2
April 21, 2015 Texas Killeen
2
3
March 13, 2015 Mississippi Brookhaven
2
3
March 4, 2015 California San Bernardino
2
5
(Source: Gun Violence Archive*)

*The Gun Violence Archive is an online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 1,200 media, government and commercial sources daily in an effort to provide near-real time data about the results of gun violence. Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.