The U.S. had recorded 104 mass shootings in the first 64 days of 2023 as of Sunday, says the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which defines mass shootings as situations in which at least four people are shot and either injured or killed, not including the shooter. The 100th mass shooting of the year left three people, including a child, dead and another person injured in Bolingbrook, Ill. The U.S. didn't exceed 100 mass shootings until March 19 in 2022 and March 22 in 2021.
At least 7,537 people have died as a result of different forms of gun violence so far this year. There were 647 mass shootings in 2022 and 690 in 2021. Firearm-related injuries, including homicide and suicide, surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for children and teenagers in 2020, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Since a bipartisan gun safety law last year — the most significant piece of federal gun legislation in nearly three decades — it's unlikely a divided Congress will pass stricter gun laws.