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The US has already seen more than 600 mass shootings in 2022 – almost double the number of five years ago > Virginia

A small memorial outside of a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Flowers and balloons near the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.Alex Brandon/AP

  • America has recorded 609 shootings with multiple victims so far in 2022, according to The Gun Violence Archive.

  • It is the third straight year that the country has surpassed 600 mass shootings.

  • The data paints a disturbing picture of the rise in gun violence over the past eight years.

The US earlier this month set a staggering record amid a spate of mass shootings: This year marks the third straight year that the country has recorded more than 600 shootings, with multiple victims, for the third year in a row, according to gun violence data.

The Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs on Sunday, which killed five and injured 17, was the 601st mass incident in 2022, according to The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks and records shootings and gun violence across the country .

The archive calls mass shootings an “American phenomenon” and defines the incidents as any attack in which at least four victims are shot, injured or killed with a gun, excluding the perpetrator.

Just two days after the Club Q shooting, tragedy struck again when a Virginia Walmart manager opened fire at a Chesapeake store, according to authorities, killing six employees and marking the 607th multiple-victim shooting so far in 2022.

By Thanksgiving that year there had been 609 mass shootings.

With more than a month left in the year, the US is on track to hit 675 mass shootings before 2022 ends. according to The Gun Violence Archive, That would be the second-highest number of multiple-victim shootings since the nonprofit began tracking gun violence in 2013.

The archive recorded 690 mass shootings in 2021, as gun violence peaked as the Covid-19 pandemic eased, and 610 shootings in 2020.

“GVA had never recorded a month with more than 60 mass shootings prior to 2020,” the nonprofit tweeted after the Club-Q shooting. “It happened five times in 2020, six times in 2021 and now six times again this year.”

The data paints a disturbing picture of the rise in gun violence over the past eight years.

In 2014, the archive recorded 273 mass shootings. By 2017—just five years ago—that number had risen to 348. There was another significant increase between 2019 with 417 incidents with multiple victims and 2020 with 610 registered mass shootings.

The statistics for 2022 come to an average of 1.86 mass shootings per day, This was announced by the Weapons Violence Archive.

After the Colorado shooting, President Joe Biden condemned the “senseless attack” and called on the country to “address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all its forms.”

“Earlier this year, I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to other historic measures,” Biden added. “But we must do more. We must enact an assault weapons ban to remove weapons of war from America’s streets.”

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