Mass shootings outnumber days in 2015

Sage Santana, News Reporter

The report has recently been released by NBC that there have been more mas shootings this year alone than there have been days thus far in the year. Although mass shootings only account for 5% of all the world’s homicides, 31% of those mass shootings have taken place in the United States.  This has all come to light due to the recent shooting in San Bernardino, California, which took place on Wednesday, December 2nd, in which a married couple opened fire on an office holiday party, killing 14 people.

While the motive and series of events is still being investigated, this mass shooting calls to attention the staggering amount of mass shootings that have taken place this year alone. Mass shootings are defined as shootings in which four or more people are shot at a time, and there have been 355 mass shootings this year so far. Twenty of those days in 2015 had seen four or more mass shootings in one day alone. Although some of these instances are not to the same degree of panic or national news, they do include the injury and/or death of many innocent individuals. This past week alone there have been three recorded mass shootings in the United States alone, including the one that took place in San Bernardino and the Planned Parenthood shootout.

 

However gun violence does not just affect those directly involved in them.  Due to the increase in gun violence, the discussion on the nation’s gun control policy continues, the increase awareness and even panic in citizens continues to grow, and the questions is raised and still left unanswered; when will it end?

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