Mass shootings in the USA

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Mass shootings
occur in the US
almost every day

Report from states and cities
October 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 then 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 failed. Since the number of mass shootings and gun related deaths in US cities has been rising further, culminating in the Las Vegas massacre of 1 October 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 early October 2017, America has already witnessed 272 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 Las Vegas massacre, there have been 272 mass shootings resulting in 350 deaths and injuring 1,570 people in the US. States with the largest number of incidents include Illinois (31), California (26), Florida (18) and Texas (16). 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 nine 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 2 October 2017
State
No of Incidents
No of Deaths
No of Injured
Alabama
4
3
23
Arizona
2
0
8
Arkansas
3
2
35
California
26
24
105
Colorado
1
3
1
Delaware
1
0
4
Washington DC
5
2
22
Florida
18
20
81
Georgia
7
7
27
Illinois
31
24
136
Indiana
6
4
22
Iowa
2
1
8
Kansas
4
11
8
Kentucky
4
2
16
Louisiana
10
13
33
Maine
1
4
1
Maryland
7
6
22
Michigan
6
8
17
Minnesota
2
4
5
Mississippi
9
22
23
Missouri
10
19
29
Montana
1
3
2
Nevada
1
59
500
New Jersey
12
9
41
New Mexico
2
7
4
New York
11
4
48
North Carolina
6
11
17
Ohio
15
13
77
Oklahoma
1
2
3
Pennsylvania
11
5
46
South Carolina
7
5
32
Tennessee
12
6
56
Texas
16
29
53
Utah
1
3
2
Virginia
13
9
50
Washington
2
1
9
Wisconsin
2
5
4
TOTAL
272
350
1570


Number of mass shootings in selected US cities
from 1 January until 2 October 2017
City
No of Incidents
No of Deaths
No of Injured
Atlanta (GA)
3
5
10
Baltimore (MD)
6
5
19
New York City (NYC)
6
2
29
Chicago (IL)
26
24
102
Cincinatti (OH)
4
3
34
Cleveland (OH)
6
6
21
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
Houston (TX)
5
7
12
Jacksonville (FL)
3
2
12
Las Vegas (NV)
1
59
500
Little Rock (AR)
2
1
29
Los Angeles (CA)
3
3
9
Louisville (KY)
4
2
16
Memphis (TN)
7
4
26
Miami (FL)
4
0
23
New Orleans (LA)
6
8
21
Newark (NJ)
5
5
15
Philadelphia (PA)
9
5
38
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)
1
4
2
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.