Without any meaningful federal weapons regulation on the horizon, the United States has reached 400 mass sh00tings in 2023, laying the way for a record-breaking year in gun violence.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, America achieved the dreadful milestone by Saturday – the earliest in a year 400 sh00tings have been recorded since at least 2013.
The GVA, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to track gun violence, defines a mass sh00ting as one in which at least four persons are shot, excluding the perpetrator.
With five months left in 2023, the United States has surpassed the yearly mass sh00tings recorded from 2013 to 2018. If current trends continue, more mass sh00tings will occur in 2023 than from 2019 to 2022. The Gun Violence Archive began tracking these figures in 2013.
It took 356 days nearly 2019 to reach 400 mass sh00tings. However, the United States reached that milestone in just seven months this year and in 2021.
With an average of roughly two mass sh00tings per day in 2023, the number of mass sh00tings has surpassed that of previous years.
According to a 2023 KFF (previously known as the Kaiser Family Foundation) poll, nearly one in every five US ad*lts has had a family member slain by a gun, including homicides and su*cides.
According to the survey, roughly the same proportion of ad*lts have been personally threatened with a weapon, and approximately one in every six ad*lts has witnessed a shooting injury.
“This is the only country in the world where men who have lost touch with reality exorcise their demons through mass slaughter,” Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who has prioritized gun safety legislation since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, told CNN earlier this year.
“We are not the only place in the world where people suffer from mental illness.” We are not the only people on the planet that are paranoid. But it is only in America that we are so casual about having access to weapons of mass destruction, and it is only in America that we fetishize violence so much that we wind up with all of these mass shootings,” he continued.
The United States also had more mass shootings this year than in any other year since 2013. By March, there had been 100 shootings, and by May, there had been 200.
Behind the scenes, Biden administration officials have been working on ways for the federal government to respond in the immediate and long term following a mass shooting, considering the physical, mental, and economic consequences.
However, even as the number of mass shootings has increased, there has been no political impetus for more gun safety legislation after the enactment of last year’s bipartisan gun safety legislation.
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Shootings Meet Stubborn Divide
According to recent research, the impact of mass sh00tings on mental health may extend beyond survivors and their communities to a much larger population.
According to a study funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the days following a school sh00ting in Uvalde, Texas, in May 2022, a mental health crisis line experienced an increase in messages referencing mourning, weapons, and other firearm-related phrases.
Although the study did not track callers’ locations, the Crisis Text Line — a non-profit organization providing free confidential crisis intervention — serves people nationwide.
President Joe Biden delivered an emotional speech at the National Safer Communities Summit in Connecticut last month, suggesting the campaign reached a “tipping point.”
“We all want families to be safe, Democrats and Republicans alike.” We all want to drop them off at a place of worship, a mall, a movie, or the school door without fearing it will be the last time we see them. “We all want our children to be able to learn, read, and write without having to duck and cover in a classroom,” Biden said last month at the National Safer Communities Summit.
Officials at the White House have been candid about the political reality Democrats confront with the current structure of Congress, where Republicans control the House of Representatives and have rejected Biden’s requests for an assault weapons prohibition.
Even during Biden’s first two years in office, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, an assault weapons ban saw little traction, partly due to the 60-vote threshold required to break a filibuster and progress bills through the Senate.
A Tweet posted by the official account of Rep. Mark Pocan:-
A little over halfway through 2023, and there have already been 400 mass shootings in the United States.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@RepMarkPocan) July 24, 2023
A Uniquely American Tragedy
According to a report published in 2022 by Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit focusing on gun violence prevention, states with weaker gun restrictions have more excellent rates of gun deaths, including homicides, suicides, and unintentional ki!!ings. However, the political debate in America over gun regulation is untethered from that fact.
And gun violence is still on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of firearm homicide in 2021 was 8.3% higher than in 2020.
Firearm su*cide rates among people aged ten and up increased by 8.3% between 2020 and 2021. In addition, homicides attributable to gunshot injuries increased from 79% in 2020 to 81% in 2021, the highest proportion in more than 50 years.
Countries that have passed legislation to decrease gun-related deαths have made tremendous progress, according to a previous in-depth CNN investigation:
Australia:- Less than two weeks after Australia’s worst mass shooting, the federal government introduced a new scheme that prohibited the use of rapid-fire rifles and shotguns while standardizing gun owner licensing and registration nationwide.
Over the next decade, gun deaths in Australia plummeted by more than half. According to a 2010 research, the government’s 1997 buyback program, which was part of the overall reform, resulted in a 74% decline in firearm suicide rates over the next five years.
South Africa:- After new gun regulations, the Firearms Control Act, was enacted in July 2004, gun-related deaths fell by nearly half over ten years. The new laws made obtaining a firearm considerably more difficult.
New Zealand:- Gun laws were quickly modified following the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks. Only 24 hours after the tragedy, which murdered 51 people, then-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced changes to the country’s gun legislation. Less than a month later, New Zealand’s parliament voted virtually unanimously to amend the country’s gun laws, outlawing all military-style semi-automatic firearms.
Britain:- Following a horrific massacre in 1996, the government strengthened its gun regulations. It prohibited most private firearm ownership, resulting in a decline in gun deaths of about a quarter over a decade.
However, America’s connection with weapons is unique, and its gun culture is an outlier worldwide. For now, the fatal cycle of violence appears unlikely to end.
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