Although gun violence has dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades – violent crimes have in fact fell during the first six months of 2013 – mass shootings have increased, according to the FBI.
A damning report released this week reveals that incidents of mass shootings occurred in the United States with an increasing frequency over the past 14 years with 486 people killed in 160 incidents.
“There were an average of 16.4 active-shooter incidents from 2007 through 2013, more than double the 6.4 average from 2000 to 2006, the report found,” FBI stated in its investigation analysis.
With President Obama carrying out strikes in Syria to wipe out militants miles away from the country, this report sure serves as a grim reminder that immediate and effective steps need to be taken to curb violence at home.
The study also underscored the difficulty authorities have to prevent such incidents. It stated that 60% of the shootings ended before law enforcement officials arrived.
It has been observed that individual shootings prompt nationwide concern and government reaction for a certain period of time, however, the issue dies down eventually with no substantial measures to curb gun violence in the country.
Prompted by the tragic December 14 Sandy Hook Shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and himself, the national debate over gun ownership eventually led to Obama’s gun control bill in March last year.
The proposal demanded background checks for arms buyers along with other clauses to curb the sale of fire arms in hopes that it would curb gun violence in the country.
Unfortunately, the bill failed in the Congress a month later and there has been no significant development since.
In addition, the report also found out that many shooters had studied past incidents before committing crimes.
"Many offenders look to past offenses, particularly notable ones such as Columbine and Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, and they study and they research those attacks," Andre Simons, an FBI supervisory special agent, told a briefing in Washington.
"They look back to these past offenses and they oftentimes find inspiration and they oftentimes seek to emulate or copycat those particular offenses. So the copycat phenomenon is real," he said.
Perhaps, it’s time the U.S. administration took immediate and effective steps to curb violence at home which is – as we can deduce from the FBI report – on the rise like never before.