The United States has seen more than 600 mass shootings for three consecutive years.
According to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, there were 609 incidents in 2022 in which four or more people other than the attacker were shot – putting the United States on the beat to reach around 675 by the end of the year.
Last year there were 690 mass shootings across the country, compared to 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.
“The country is three mass shootings away from 2022, the second-highest annual total since we started tracking the data,” the GVA database researchers said. said wednesday. On Thursday, the country was just two shootings away from that grim milestone.
Five people were killed in a mass shooting at the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado earlier this week, and six were killed Wednesday at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.
The recent deaths add to the grim total number of gun violence deaths in the United States this year, which the Gun Violence Archive database puts at 39,816.
More than 18,000 of those deaths were homicides, while about 21,500 were suicides.
“GVA had never recorded a month of more than 60 mass shootings before 2020. This happened five times in 2020, six times in 2021, and now six times this year,” the GVA researchers said. said after the incident in Colorado.
The United States has seen an average of 1.68 mass shootings a day so far this year, according to GVA. The average has been over 1 every year since 2019, with 1.9 mass shootings per day in 2021.