Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by a gun than in other developed countries, according to a 2016 study by The American Journal of Medicine.
As a nation, the United States is thousands of deaths over its peers when it comes to gun violence, and cities like Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and others rank equivalent to the world's deadliest countries.
Yet despite the many lives lost and the many more forever altered, the U.S. government refuses to act. Congress is in fact enabling greater violence through new legislation, indicating that those in power have chosen complicity when faced with the murders of Americans.
Since June 1, 2017, there has been a mass shooting in America almost every day, according to data collected by Gun Violence Archive. On June 2 there were two mass shootings, and there were three in total on June 3. In the span of six days, 21 people were killed and 22 injured in total, among them young children.
St. Louis, Missouri: Four people were shot and killed in North St. Louis, among them a 7-year-old girl who later succumbed to her injuries in the hospital. Police have not released information on the suspects.
Victims: Julian Hayes, 37, murdered; Derrick Irving, 27, murdered; Jessica Garth, 24, murdered; Deniya "Nunie" Irving, 7, murdered.
Laredo, Texas: Police pursued Antonio Gerardo Rodriguez as a suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, Reyna Gonzalez Zamora, who was found dead from a bullet wound in her torso. When law enforcement located Rodriguez, the man opened fire, injuring three officers. He was killed when police returned fire.
Victims: Reyna Gonzalez Zamora, 50, murdered; Antonio Gerardo Rodriguez, 55, killed; three unidentified police officers injured.
Los Angeles, California: It remains unclear what led up to these drive-by shootings that resulted in six people injured and one man killed. The details as to who was involved are currently unknown, but police believe that there were at least two suspects in the vehicle and that they were shooting at random.
Victim: Duane Osteen, 30, murdered; six unidentified people, injured.
St. Louis, Missouri: Jalen Woods, 17, and Amber Green, 25, were shot to death while parked in a gas station parking lot by masked men. Woods and Green tried to escape the shooters, but they crashed into an air dispensing machine. Two other men in the car were injured by the gunfire, and a woman hurt her foot during the incident but was treated at the scene.
Victims: Jalen Woods, 17, murdered; Amber Green, 25, murdered; unidentified male, 23, injured; unidentified male, 18, injured.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Two men were shot and killed and three more wounded outside a New Orleans event space. One of the three injured later died in the hospital due to his wounds. The event reportedly a large gathering of over 200 people, and police say that they are still identifying witnesses and investigating the circumstances surrounding the murders.
Victims: Larry King, 25, murdered; Zach Nelson, 21, murdered; Aaron Melton, 24, murdered; unidentified male, age 12 to 17, injured; unidentified male, age 18 or older, injured.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Two 17-year-old boys and two 20-year-old men were shot while walking away from a party in New Orleans East. They were all transported to the hospital alive, two by ambulance and two later by private car, and no information as to their condition is currently available.
Victims: Unidentified male, 17, injured; unidentified male, 17, injured; unidentified male, 20, injured; unidentified male, 20, injured.
Orlando, Florida: Army veteran John Robert Neumann Jr. shot five employees from his former employer Fiamma Inc. before killing himself. Law enforcement believe that Neumann was chose his victims specifically, as he allegedly pointed his gun at a temporary worker he encountered at the beginning of his shooting spree and demanded she leave the building. Details on the case continue to develop.
Victims: Robert Synder, 69, murdered; Brenda Montanaz-Crespo, 45, murdered; Kevin Clark, 53, murdered; Jeffrey Roberts, 57, murdered; Kevin Lawson, 46, murdered; John Robert Neumann Jr., 45, suicide.
Sandy, Utah: Jeremy Patterson opened fire on a car carrying Memorez Rackley and her two children, killing the mother and one of her sons. According to police, a good Samaritan had pulled over to help Rackley and her children as they walked home from elementary school when Patterson rammed his vehicle into the other, got out of his car, and began shooting.
Rackley's surviving son was hospitalized and is in critical, but stable, condition. The driver survived the incident unscathed, however her 8-year-old daughter was injured and is now in stable condition. Patterson reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and police are investigating the incident as a potential domestic violence tragedy.
Victims: Memorez Rackley, 39, murdered; Jase Rackley, 6, murdered; Myles Rackley, 9, injured; unidentified female, 8, injured; Jeremy Patterson, 32, suicide.
New Orleans, Louisiana: In the evening, six people were shot and injured in a case that police are still investigating the details of. According to reports, the victims were all from the same family or were close friends of the family. Among them was a little boy estimated to be about six years old by New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Victims: six unidentified people injured.
As long as Congress and the White House refuse to pass legislation and enact policies that put logical restrictions on gun accessibility and ownership, Americans will continue to die senselessly. These people were sentenced to death by violent and bitter individuals, but also by the men and women in political office who send out prayers, tweets, and Facebook posts after each tragedy, yet continue to do nothing.
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