One mass shooting every day: Seven facts about gun violence in America

America’s latest mass shooting incident, at a school in Florida yesterday, has left 17 people dead.

The frequency of this kind of event risks anaesthetising us to the number of people who die from shootings in one of the world’s most developed nations.

The stats are staggering.

1. One major mass shooting every two months

Mass shootings in America – defined by the website Gun Violence Archive as an event where at least four people are shot – are now an everyday event.

Some 346 people were estimated to have been killed in American mass shootings in 2017. This compared to 432 in 2016, and 369 in 2015 – more than one person for every day of the year.

When it comes to major mass shootings (where more…

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