There are mass shootings elsewhere – but America’s problem with guns stands alone | US News

Most days, there’s an alert on my phone: The Washington, D.C. police are posting an update on the latest shooting in the US capital.

‘shots fired’

arrest the suspect

Transfer the victim to the hospital.

Here’s the latest one, from the D.C. Police Department, a few hours ago: “An additional suspect has been arrested and sought in an assault with a dangerous weapon (rifle) that occurred on 10/22/, at the 2600 block of Bernie Place, SE.”

Note that they don’t call it shooting anymore. It is an “attack with a dangerous weapon (pistol)…”

On Friday, my son’s school sent an urgent email to the parents.

They were telling us that another nearby school had been “closed” (yes, schools in America do that sort of thing) because gunshots had been heard. It turned out not to be shots at the actual school, but nearby (in relative measures of shooting intensity, this is clearly better or less bad).

Now I don’t go anywhere without checking where the exits are. I did it today for my son’s swimming lesson. Two exits – one at the back and one at the side.

It’s absolutely madness. What a way to live.

But then just look at the stats. It’s truly amazing and an all-American problem. Yes, there are mass shootings elsewhere – the horror of the events in Thailand just a few weeks ago is a reminder of that.

But America’s problem with guns stands alone.

this is The latest Colorado Club Q shooting It marks the 26th mass shooting in America this month, according to the Gun Violence Archives, which tallies gun-related violence in the United States.

This year there were a total of 601* Mass shootings in America are rising steadily year over year. In 2014 there were fewer than 300.

This is the breakdown:

2014: 273

2015: 336

2016: 383

2017: 348

2018: 336

2019: 417

2020: 610

2021: 690

2022: 601

This year, nearly 40,000 Americans have been killed in gun-related accidents (including accidental killings and suicides).

America has a big, big problem.

*(A mass shooting is defined as a shooting in which four or more people are killed or injured.)

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