The U.S. Axios reported on the 6th (local time) that more than 100 shootings have already occurred in the U.S. this year, just over two months after 2023 began.
Citing data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive (GVA) that tracks shootings in the U.S., Axios said the tally was as of the 5th, the 64th day of this year.
The GVA defines a shooting as a case of more than four casualties except for a shooter. Applying this standard, 52 shootings occurred in January alone, 41 in February, and 11 in March.
As of the 6th, there have been 104 shootings so far. This year's 100th shooting took place in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on the 5th. A total of four people, including a child, were killed and one was injured in the shooting at the time.
This year, Axios said, the number of shootings exceeded 100 more than 10 days faster than last year and 2021. It was not until March 19 last year and March 22 in 2021 that more than 100 shootings occurred. Including all gun deaths, not limited to shootings, the total number of gun-related deaths in the United States so far this year is 7,537.
In the United States, shooting has long been a chronic problem. A total of 647 shootings took place last year. In 2021, there were 690 cases.
Earlier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that more children and adolescents died from murder or suicide due to guns than children and adolescents who died in traffic accidents in 2020.
Last year, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Gun Safety Act, the first gun control law passed by Congress in 30 years, but it was pointed out that there was a limit to the lack of a clause banning the sale of assault rifles and large-capacity bullets.
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