The Gun Violence Archive
has counted 295 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019 so far – this means that there has been an average of 1.2 shootings every day. While the numbers fluctuate each year, 2014 was the most recent year when less than 300 incidents were recorded.
Sadly, the El Paso and Dayton massacres that rattled the nation have not been the last mass shootings of this year. Defined as a shooting where four or more people were injured or died (excluding the shooter), many of these incidents don’t make national news. In the last 72 hours, one was killed and four injured at a bar in Oakland. Two were injured and two killed in a residential area in St. Louis. Four were injured by gunshots in LaGrange, Georgia.
321 people were killed in mass shootings this year, as of September 13. This is only a fraction of annual firearm fatalities.
In 2017, almost 15,000 people were shot and killed in homicides - in addition to almost 24,000 suicides carried out with firearms.