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When Will It End? The Lowdown On U.S. Mass Shootings.

September 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Opinion, Politics, Weekly Columns

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(ThySistas.comWith the amount of mass shootings we’ve seen in the U.S. in 2016, it’s left many people wondering when it’ll end. Something tragic seems to happen every day in America, and it’s leaving people not only sad, but feeling an injustice and even wanting revenge. There are more mass shootings in America than in anywhere else in the world. Here’s the lowdown on mass shootings in the U.S.:

Defining A Mass Shooting

A mass shooting is defined as a shooting where 4 or more people are either injured or killed, at the same time and location. This doesn’t 0033dallas-map-update-0include the shooter. When you define it like this, the U.S. has had 136 mass shootings in just 164 days of 2016.

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, but 31% of the world’s public mass shootings happen here. From the years 1966-2012, a third of the world’s shootings happened in America. The countries with the most mass shootings are as follows:

  • United states
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Yemen
  • France

Some of the most high profile shootings of this year include:

  • 49 dead in Orlando.
  • 6 dead in Kalamazoo.
  • 6 dead in Wilkinsburg.

The Orlando attack was the deadliest in U.S. history, with 49 people shot dead. Before this shooting, we had the 2007 Virginia tech massacre. This left 32 killed. Some of the most high profile shootings in history:

  • 49 dead in an Orlando nightclub, 2016.
  • 32 killed in Virginia tech in Blacksburg, 2007.
  • 27 killed in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, 2012.
  • 23 killed in Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, 1991.
  • 21 killed in a Mcdonald’s in San Ysidro, 1984.  

In fact, when you look at the 30 deadliest shootings in the U.S., 16 of them have happened in the last 10 years. 70% of incidents involving a shooter end in the shooters death. They are usually shot, or end up killing themselves. Barely any of them face justice. Even the best criminal lawyer couldn’t help these twisted individuals. 40% of the shooters committed suicide, while 28% were shot by police.

Does this have anything to do with the fact that Americans own more guns than any citizens in any other country? Some would say that it does. In 1996 in Australia, a man with a rifle killed 35 people dead and 19 injured after shooting up a cafe and gift shop. There was an immediate change in gun laws. A ban and buyback of more than 600,000 rifles happened, and they were all melted down. After which, nothing of the kind has happened in Australia since. People are wondering why the same thing can’t be done in the U.S. The gun problem in America is much larger than that of Australia’s. In fact, at the end of this year, 100,000 will likely be dead due to gun murders and suicide. It seems to be more of a gun violence problem overall, than a mass shooting problem. Australia is the perfect example that when you put better laws in place and ban guns, you eliminate serious gun crime. Why doesn’t America follow suit?

Staff Writer; Paula Stewart

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