Wednesday, January 25, 2023

There have already been 6 mass shootings with 4 or more fatalities in 2023

In the first weeks of 2023, the United States has gotten no reprieve from its epidemic of mass shootings, whether in public places or inside private homes, reported The New York Times.

There is no consensus on what constitutes a mass shooting, complicating the efforts of government, nonprofits and news organizations to document the scope of the problem. Different groups define mass shootings differently, depending on circumstances including the number of victims, whether the victims are killed or wounded, and whether the shooting occurs in a public place.

The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group that tracks gun violence using police reports, news coverage and other public sources, defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people were killed or injured.

In 2022, the Gun Violence Archive counted 647 mass shootings. Of those shootings, 21 involved five or more fatalities. The group recorded 690 mass shootings in 2021, with 28 involving four or more fatalities.

As of late January, the Gun Violence Archive has counted 40 mass shootings this year. Six of them involved four or more fatalities.

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