Mass Shooting Statistics In 2015 Are Shocking & If It Seems Like One Happens Almost Every Day, That's Because It Does
Update: On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, left 14 people dead and 21 wounded. Hours after the attack, police pursued information that led to a chase of a dark SUV, which was later determined to be a rental car. A shootout between police and the suspects left both suspects dead. The suspects were identified as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who were husband and wife.
According to federal law enforcement authorities, the four guns used in the shooting were purchased legally. The suspects were found to have 1,600 rounds of ammunition with them, and at a home the suspects were renting in Redlands, California, law enforcement officers found 4,500 rounds of ammunition and 12 pipe bombs. No official motive has been confirmed, though a source told the Los Angeles Times that investigators are considering a combined motive of "terrorism and workplace."
Earlier: The first week of December generally ushers in holiday cheer, but unfortunately, we in America don't have much to celebrate this year. Wednesday morning, a mass shooting erupted in San Bernardino, California at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run center for people with developmental disabilities, leaving at least 14 dead. It is currently an active shooter situation, with no suspects caught or identified, but there are reportedly one to three possible shooters, according to the sheriff's department.
It seems as though we can't even open up Twitter each morning without news of a mass shooting. Not only does the San Bernardino shooting follow last week's Planned Parenthood attack, but it is also the second shooting of the day. Earlier Wednesday morning, several people were injured and one found dead in a shooting in Savannah, Georgia, according to WSAV. So it comes as no surprise that in 2015, there have been almost more shootings than days of the year.
According to The Washington Post, there have been, to date, 355 mass shootings, which is just ten shootings less than the number of days there are in a year.
A mass shooting, defined by the Reddit tracker Guns Are Cool, is an incident where four or more (including the gunman) are killed or injured by gunfire.
What's horrific is that 2015 still has a month left to go. It's frightening and horrifying to consider that we now live in a world where we cannot go a day without gunfire and bloodshed.
The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. And there are some steps we could take, not to eliminate very one of these mass shootings, but to ensure that they don't happen as frequently... For those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a "no fly" list where people cannot get on planes, but those same people who are not allowed to fly can go into a store right now and buy a firearm. ... My hope is that we are able to contain this particular shooting. ... We should come together in a bipartisan basis, at every level of the government, to make these rare, as opposed to normal.