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U.S. Could Surpass 2021 Mass Shooting Record This Year

The U.S. has seen an average of two mass shootings every day this year, which may surpass the previous record for mass shootings in a year. Some 419 mass shootings have happened this year. The 2021 record was set at 690, Axios reports. At this point in 2021, 401 mass shootings had occurred. A mass shooting is defined as an incident where at least four people outside of the shooter are shot and either killed or injured. Over 25,000 people have died from gun violence this year, an average of 118 deaths per day.

Those deaths include close to one child daily 11 years old or younger and over four teens between 12 to 17 years old. On top of the deaths, more than 22,000 people have been injured by gunshots this year, including over 400 children and 2,400 teens. The figures don’t capture damage and trauma to the families involved, the life-altering nature of the injuries or the hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital bills. "Gun violence takes an enormous toll on this country, and it is a toll that we all share," said Kelly Drane of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Recent polling has shown that a majority of voters favor additional measures to prevent gun violence. It's also indicated that gun violence has become the public's top health concern.


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