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Mass Shootings on the Rise

Mass shootings have become a problem in the U.S, but so common they're almost normal.

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                  There have been 307 mass shootings in 2017. According to Business Insider,24 have occurred in the past few months. According to the Gun Violence Archives, some of the most recent mass shootings include the Las Vegas shooting and the most recent one in Texas. In 2016 there were 483 mass shootings. A mass shooting is defined as four or more people being shot at or killed at the same time and location, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Between January 2009 and July 2015 there were at least 133 mass shootings in the U.S. 50% of mass shooting victims are women according to The Washington Post. Of the 673 people killed in mass shootings, 184 were children. 

                  The Las Vegas shooting 58 people were dead and at least 489 people injured. Stephen Paddock opened fire from a hotel room overlooking the music festival. The police found him dead after he shot himself. Elisha Seng from Bartlett said, ” I don’t sleep at night and when I do I have nightmares.” According to Fox News. This was because of the shooting and how terrifying it was.  

              The most recent mass shooting was in Texas on November 5, 2017. Devin Patrick Kelly killed  26 people, at a Texas church. One victim was the pastor’s daughter she was 14. Another well-known shooting is the Orlando Shooting at a gay nightclub. Omar killed 49 people. The police ended up shooting and killing him. On November 12, 2017, in North Carolina, four people were killed.  The weapons used for mass shootings are mostly guns. Each gun was used to kill an average of 4 people. There is an average of four guns per shooting. The Gun Violence Archive houses information on many of the mass shootings so far in the U.S. It is an ever-growing database. Mass shootings have become a serious problem in the United States, but the most problematic part is that they have become the new normal.

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