There have been nearly as many US mass shootings as days in 2018.
- The number of mass shootings in the US this year has already reached 297.
- Eleven people were killed and six others were injured on Saturday when a gunman armed with an AR-15 and handguns opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- There have been nearly as many US mass shootings as days in 2018.
Eleven people were killed and six others were injured on Saturday when a gunman armed with an AR-15 and handguns opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The incident marked the 294th mass shooting in 2018, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings in the US. Since the incident there have an additional three shootings, bringing the total to 297.
To put this into perspective, we are 301 days into the year, which means the US has had nearly as many mass shootings as days in 2018.
Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than many leading causes of death combined, with some 11,000 people in the US killed in firearm assaults each year.
There is no broadly accepted definition of a mass shooting. Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as a single incident in which four or more people, not including the shooter, are “shot and/or killed” at “the same general time and location.”
The government also doesn’t have an official definition. In 2013, a report from the Congressional Research Service, known as Congress’s think tank, described mass shootings as those in which shooters “select victims somewhat indiscriminately” and kill four or more people — a higher bar than Gun Violence Archive’s, as it doesn’t take injuries into account.
In 2013, a federal mandate lowered that threshold to three deaths.
Data from Gun Violence Archive also shows that more than 12,000 people have died from gun-related violence so far this year and more than 23,506 others were injured.