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Research 2015: Since the beginning of 2015 some 13,000 people have died and 26,000 were injured in gun-related incidents in the US. Research shows that almost 700 children and 2,500 teenagers were killed or injured in more than 50,000 incidents. The findings by the Washington-based Gun Violence Archive also reveal that since January 2015 mass shootings, involving four or more dead or wounded victims, took place almost every day. According to the research up to the end of November, there have been some 354 mass shootings in 220 cities in 47 US states.
In an interview with The New York Times, a spokesman for Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organisation that advocates gun control, however told reporters that shootings with multiple victims were only a tiny subset of everyday gun violence in America. “On the day 14 people were killed in the recent attack in San Bernardino, it is likely that that 88 other people died from gun violence across the US.”
A study by the organisation also found that contrary to what proponents of gun ownership say, only eleven per cent of perpetrators showed signs of mental illness. Researchers also found that 57 of gun-related incidents involved domestic partners and that more than two-thirds of shootings took place in private residences, while 28 per cent occurred in public spaces. “Half of all victims were women.” Everytown for Gun Safety also found that 60 per cent of the attackers were not prohibited from owning guns but that there was less likelihood of mass killings in states that required background checks for all handgun sales than in states that did not.
Incidents of gun violence in the USA
(January to December 1015)
Number of incidents: 50,740
Number of deaths: 12,854
Number of injuries: 26.010
Number of children (up to age 11) killed of injured: 667
Number of teenagers (age 12 to 17) killed or injured: 2,559
Mass shootings (four or more victims): 321
Accidental shootings: 1,850
(Source: Gun Violence Archive*)
Incidents of worst gun violence in the USA in 2015
*The Gun Violence Archive is an online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 1,200 media, government and commercial sources daily in an effort to provide near-real time data about the results of gun violence. Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.