Less than a week after the horrific shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, another mass shooting gripped the nation, this time in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wednesday. These mass shootings seem so common that they feel like an everyday occurrence for American life. Yet in reality, the gun violence epidemic is more frequent than that.
According to The Washington Post, we have experienced more shootings than days in 2015. The San Bernardino shootings marks 353 shootings in 336 days.
The Post gathered this information from a Reddit thread that tracks mass shootings. The tracker “defines mass shootings as incidents in which four or more people, including the gunman, are killed or injured by gunfire.”
The tracker identified that this year’s shootings surpassed 2014 and signals surpassing 2013’s number of 363 shootings.
The tragic regularity of these shootings seems to come with no avail as Republican lawmakers are determined to stop any necessary efforts to curb gun violence and instill better gun control measures.
"The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world," President Barack Obama said in an interview with CBS regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
Vox compiled a map of every shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 and found scarce regions in the United States that haven’t been affected by gun violence.
Americans have become numb to gun violence, but instead of accepting this epidemic as normal we have to fight in the wake of chaos and destruction. As GOP leaders shrug their shoulders and pin the blame on mental health, the real solution to end this vicious, ceaseless cycle is to fight against the National Rifle Association and others who fuel the abhorrent, gun-toting rhetoric.
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
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