The United States has an average of 31 mass murders per year, but in 2023 there were 17 in just 111 days, bringing the total number of deaths to 88, more than half the average.
The year 2023 can be said to be a bloody year for the United States. Because less than 4 months have passed, it has set a record for the massacre. (Incidents with at least 4 deaths excluding perpetrators) 17 incidents in just 111 days, a total of 88 deaths. All died from being shot. which in the past Compared to the same time period, only 2009 saw mass killings of this magnitude.
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From these numbers, it means that There will be one mass murder in the United States every 6.53 days, or almost a week. This is considered a very high rate for developed countries.
Most of these mass murders are motivated by domestic violence. Clashes of bullying gangs at school and quarrels at work
Since 2006, the number of mass murders in the United States has been reported. Each year, an average of 31.1 massacres occur, with an average of 162 deaths. In which the events of less than 4 months ago can be seen Mass killings have occurred and half the number of deaths from this average have already occurred.
Jaclyn Childkraut, Executive Director of the Rockefeller, Rockefeller Regional Research Institute on Gun Violence said: They will act… Our role as a society is to try to create barriers and obstacles to make this difficult.”
There are few signs of major policy changes at the state or federal level. But some states have tried to enforce more gun control.
Last week, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a law requiring criminal background checks before purchasing rifles and shotguns. On Wednesday, the Washington state legislature banned dozens of semi-automatic rifles.
at the federal level Last year, President Joe Biden signed a landmark gun violence bill. It offers strict background checks for young gun buyers. Keeping Firearms from Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and allowing states to implement laws that allow police to ask the courts to confiscate guns from citizens who show signs of becoming violent.
James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, said: “One mass murder almost every seven days is something that should not be allowed to continue.”
but at the same time The number of guns owned by Americans has been on the rise recently, with the United States reporting record gun sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said, “We have to realize that this is not the way life should be. We don’t have to live like this. And we cannot live in a country where guns can be shot anywhere, anytime. “
Jaime Guttenberg will now be 19. Her father is a gun control activist.
Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter in the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and is now a gun control activist, said: “America should not be surprised that we live. Where today … It’s all the numbers. Numbers don’t lie. But we need to do something immediately to fix this.”
Compiled from the Associated Press.
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