Mass shootings in the USA

ON THIS PAGE: Recent massacres killed dozens of Americans but the country will contemplate gun control: Report from states and cities ||| Table 1: Mass shootings in individual US states ||| Table 2: Mass shootings in individual US cities ||| Data source |||


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Recent massacres killed dozens
of Americans yet the country
will not contemplate gun control

Report from states and cities
10 November 2017: After the junior school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, an American mayor wrote to City Mayors saying that the time had come for mayors from America’s towns and cities to make a stand against the nation's gun lobby and tell their members that the lives of ordinary Americans must not be put in danger by allowing owners of assault weapons to pursue their hobbies. American mayors made a stand. Several hundred wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to reign in the spread and use of guns. But all attempts to pass any meaningful gun control laws in Congress has failed. Since then, the number of mass shootings and gun related deaths in US cities has risen further, culminating in the Las Vegas massacre on 1 October 2017 and the Sutherland Springs mass shooting on 5 November 2017.

Last year, more than 15,000 Americans (excluding suicides) were killed by guns, an increase of some 500 deaths compared to 2015. The death toll in 2014 amounted 12,500, while in the first nine months of 2017, gun related incidents were already responsible for 11,750 deaths. The number of mass shootings, with four or more victims, increased from 273 in 2014 to 333 in 2015 and rose further to 383 in 2016. From January to mid-November 2017, America has already witnessed 311 mass shootings.

While there is no agreement on what drives the relentless increase in gun violence, several research studies have shown that one of the main risk factors for gun crime is the availability of guns. More guns, more crime! Ironically, the Obama administration’s perceived drive to crackdown on gun ownership may have led to a stockpiling of guns, while under President Trump, gun owners don’t fear a federal ‘gun grab’.

Former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced after the Las Vegas shooting that he would fight America’s powerful gun lobby. He promised US$25 million to defeat a sponsored bill, sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which would allow gun owners to carry weapons freely between states. He also promised to match every donation given to the non-profit organisation Everytown for Gun Safety.

This year, up to and including the massacres of Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, there have been 311 mass shootings resulting in 400 deaths and injuring 1,713 people in the US. States with the largest number of incidents include Illinois (31), California (34), Florida (21) and Texas (21). With already 26 mass shootings in 2017, Chicago suffers more from gun crime than any other US city. The mass shootings that occurred in the first ten months of 2017 resulted in 24 deaths and injured 102 people. In Saint Louis (MO), eight mass shootings caused the death of 15 people and injured 21 others.


Number of mass shootings in US states
from 1 January until 10 November 2017
State
No of Incidents
No of Deaths
No of Injured
Alabama
5
4
30
Arizona
4
1
15
Arkansas
3
2
35
California
34
31
130
Colorado
1
3
1
Delaware
1
0
4
Washington DC
5
2
22
Florida
21
20
97
Georgia
7
7
27
Illinois
31
24
136
Indiana
7
5
25
Iowa
2
1
8
Kansas
4
11
8
Kentucky
5
2
22
Louisiana
11
14
37
Maine
1
4
1
Maryland
8
9
24
Michigan
6
8
17
Minnesota
3
4
9
Mississippi
10
23
26
Missouri
10
19
29
Montana
1
3
2
Nevada
1
59
500
New Jersey
12
9
41
New Mexico
2
7
4
New York
17
4
52
North Carolina
6
11
17
Ohio
18
17
85
Oklahoma
1
2
3
Pennsylvania
13
5
54
South Carolina
7
5
32
Tennessee
13
6
60
Texas
21
59
87
Utah
1
3
2
Virginia
14
10
53
Washington
2
1
9
Wisconsin
2
5
4
TOTAL
311
400
1713


Number of mass shootings in selected US cities
from 1 January until 10 November 2017
State
No of Incidents
No of Deaths
No of Injured
Atlanta (GA)
3
5
10
Austin (TX)
2
1
7
Baltimore (MD)
6
5
19
New York City (NYC)
6
2
37
Chicago (IL)
26
24
102
Cincinatti (OH)
4
3
34
Cleveland (OH)
6
6
21
Chester (PA)
1
4
0
Colorado
1
3
1
Columbus (OH)
2
1
13
Dallas (TX)
3
4
9
Des Moines (IA)
2
1
8
Detroit (MI)
3
5
8
Fort Worth (TX)
2
2
9
Fresno (CA)
3
1
15
Hartford (CN)
1
0
4
Houston (TX)
7
9
12
Jacksonville (FL)
4
2
23
Las Vegas (NV)
1
59
500
Little Rock (AR)
2
1
29
Los Angeles (CA)
3
3
9
Louisville (KY)
5
2
22
Memphis (TN)
7
4
26
Miami (FL)
5
0
27
Minneapolis (MN)
1
0
4
Nashville (TN)
1
0
4
New Orleans (LA)
6
8
21
Newark (NJ)
5
5
15
Philadelphia (PA)
10
5
42
Phoeniz ((AR)
2
1
7
Sacramento (CA)
4
1
17
Saint Louis (MO)
8
15
21
Saint Paul (MN)
1
4
1
San Antonio (TX)
1
1
3
San Diego (CA)
1
2
6
San Francisco (CA)
4
4
14
Sutherland Springs (TX)
1
27
20
Tampa (FL)
1
0
4
Toledo (OH)
1
0
4
Topeka (KS)
1
4
1
Trenton (NJ)
2
2
6
Washington DC
5
2
22


Source of raw data: Gun Violence Archive (GVA). 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 collects and checks for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the US.