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Mass shooting casualties in the US

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A total of 330 mass shootings were recorded in the United States in 2015, killing 367 and injuring another 1,318 people. And from year to year, this figures only rise. Thus, compared to the two previous years, 2015 appeared to be the most bloody one. Following this, one of the announcements of Barak Obama’s first weekly address of 2016 was increasing background checks on gun buyers. However, in the first half of 2016, the situation changed little: 138 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. since the start of the year and took as much as 212 lives wounding another 558 people. If this trend continues in the rest of the year 2016 may become another bloody year in the history.A mass shooting, as per the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) – the organisation collecting data on gun violence in the U.S. – is an accident in which four or more people are shot or killed at the same general time and location, not including the assailant. As statistics shows, such accidents take place almost every single day across the US: on the whole 1002 mass shootings happened in the last 1262 days in which 1,139 people were killed and almost 4,000 people were injured. Of course, most of them avoid international media glare and only most dreadful ones become well documented. So, the recent shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida became the deadliest gun massacre in US history: in a three-hour shooting rampage, the shooter killed 49 people and wounded 53 more.
Meanwhile, mass shootings represent only a tip of an iceberg, as about 11 thousand people are shot dead in America each year as for 2005-2010 average according to the United Nations Conference on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). So, the probability to be killed by a firearm in the United States is some 0.36 percent. Moreover, about two-thirds of all homicides in the US are committed by firearm – the highest value among developed countries. – Last updated: Wednesday, June 15, https://knoema.com/

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