More than 13000 people killed by gun violence in the US this year
At least 13,203 people have died from gun violence in the U.S. this year alone, according to Gun Violence Archive (GVA).
This number is far more than those perished due to terrorism, drunken driving and HIV/AIDS, all of which have triggered national concern and government action.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 307 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of Nov. 5, 2016 with 13,149 fatalities so far.
The most recent shooting in a Texas church in in Sutherland Springs which killed 26 people is a stark reminder of America’s gun problem which continues to be neglected by the lawmakers.
The Texas shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at an outdoor concert. Las Vegas shooting 2017 was the deadliest attack in modern U.S. history which rekindled a years-long national debate over whether easy access to weapons was contributing to the trend of mass shootings.
With the latest Texas shooting, America’s gun violence has made global headlines, sending waves of panic and urging U.S. to revise its gun laws.
China’s Xinhua ran an analysis piece on how “Texas mass shooting shows American gun culture’s tragic results”, highlighting that “In 2013, 33,169 deaths came from guns in America — compared with 4,000 in all of Europe — with an overall population twice the size of the United States.”
In UK’s The Guardian, Richard Wolffe made a strong point with this beginning: “Another year, another church. Another month, another mass killing. Another day, another political shrug about gun massacres across the United States.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s ABC news, in its article How assault rifles have played a prominent role in US mass shootings, covered the shooting with an eye on where Trump was at the time of the shooting, in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. “Japan’s strict rules around gun ownership offer a contrast to the Unites States. In 2014, Japan had just six gun deaths, compared to more than 33,000 in America,” the piece said.
Australia made strict guns laws after a 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania, when a shooter killed 35 people. There have been no mass shootings there since.