Reality Check: Gun Violence In The U.S.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Sunday mass shooting in a small town in Texas is one of hundreds of mass shootings in the United States this year.

The government defines a mass shooting as four or more people selected indiscriminately, and killed or injured during a gun incident, not including the shooter.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of Nov. 6 — the 310th day of 2017 — there have been 307 mass shootings. A total of 530 people have died in mass shootings in 2017.

The total number of criminal gun deaths in America this year, as of Nov. 6, is 13,164.

gun deaths in 2017 graph reality check Reality Check: Gun Violence In The U.S.

Gun deaths in 2017 (credit: CBS)

The total number of gun deaths averages about 33,000 every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 60 percent are suicides, 36 percent are homicides, and mass shootings make up about 2 percent of total gun deaths every year.

President Trump is on an overseas trip in Asia. In Japan Monday morning, the president said it’s too soon to talk about gun control and that mental illness — not guns — are the problem.

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  1. Texas gunman should not have been able to buy a firearm, but the Air Force failed to alert FBI to his violent past
    The Air Force says it failed to follow policies for alerting federal law enforcement about Devin P. Kelley, enabling the former service member, who killed 26 churchgoers Sunday in South Sutherland, Tex., to obtain guns before the shooting rampage.

    Kelley should have been barred from purchasing firearms and body armor due to his domestic violence conviction in 2014 while serving at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Kelley was sentenced to a year in prison and kicked out of the military with a bad conduct discharge following two counts of domestic abuse against his wife and a child, according to an Air Force spokeswoman

  2. Has anyone come up with a “new” gun control law that would have prevented this? That is without violating my constitutional rights.

  3. Bob Kohns says:

    Interesting graphic on gun deaths. Breaking it down a little farther would be interesting on a per 1,000 basis. Red states Blue states, urban vs rural, white vs non white, college vs not, mental illness vs not, religious ideology vs not, poor vs not, gang/drug vs not. It would then be interesting to do a statical model verses simple correlation with the errors involved.

    If a person runs with personal bias you may get to conclusions to get rid of all of one group of people or at least take their guns away. When in reality your chart is saying 80+% is mental illness (60% suicide and 20% other). These people would have found another way to kill. The 20% is the gangs, accidents and people that didn’t have a gun to defend themselves.

    I would recommend personal protection and deterrent vs allowing criminals having the freedom to do as they please with you. Remember the ax man in Hopkins dragging the 72 year out of his house at 5:00 am and beating him to death. No gun to protect himself.

  4. how do we stop
    many die from people talking on there phone when driving or drunk driving or bombs or someone driving a truck into a crowed or o d ing on boozz its not the thing its the person

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