1,607 More Mass Shootings Since Sandy Hook: Washington Offers 'Thoughts and Prayers'
February 17, 2018
German Lopez, Ryan Mark and Soo Oh on / VOX & The Gun Violence Archive & The New York Times
In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded.
1. There's roughly one gun for every person in America
2. Gun crime is more prevalent in the US than in other rich countries
3. Gun homicides (like all homicides) are declining
4. Places with more guns have more homicides
5. There are more gun suicides than gun homicides in America
6. Suicide is more common in places with more guns
7. Living in a house with a gun increases your odds of death
8. Guns contribute to domestic violence
9. Mass shootings represent a tiny share of all shooting deaths
10. A tiny fraction of gun violence is committed by the mentally ill
11. Gun control is popular, but less so than in the 1990s
After Sandy Hook We Said 'Never Again.'
And Then We Let 1,607 Mass Shootings Happen
German Lopez, Ryan Mark and Soo Oh on / VOX
(February 14, 2018) -- In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded.
The counts come from the Gun Violence Archive, a database that tracks events since 2013 in which four or more people (not counting the shooter) were shot at the same general time and location.
The database's researchers comb through hundreds of news stories, police reports, and other sources each day and individually verify the reports. Still, since some shootings aren't reported, the database is likely missing some shootings, and some are missing details. The count is also a constant work in progress, so some of the numbers and details may be slightly imprecise.
Vox's Soo Oh created an interactive map with this database. It shows the mass shootings that have been counted by the Gun Violence Archive since 2013, after the Sandy Hook shooting. The map can be seen by clicking here.
Thoughts and Prayers and NRA Funding
Mass Gun Deaths Are Largely a Republican Problem
David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thompson / The New York Times
(October 4, 2017) -- Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association.
Below are the top 10 career recipients of NRA funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members, along with their statements about the Las Vegas massacre.
These representatives have a lot to say about it. All the while, they refuse to do anything to avoid the next massacre.
John McCain Ariz. --
"Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families."
$7,740,521 FROM THE NRA
Richard Burr, N.C. --
"My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning's tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America."
$6,986,620 FROM THE NRA
Roy Blunt, Mo. --
"Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack."
$4,551,146 FROM THE NRA
Thom Tillis, N.C. --
"Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas."
$4,418,012 FROM THE NRA
Cory Gardner, Co. --
"My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night."
$3,879,064 FROM THE NRA
Marco Rubio, Fla. --
"I'm praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting."
$3,303,355 FROM THE NRA
Joni Ernst, Iowa --
"My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence."
$3,124,273 FROM THE NRA
Rob Portman, Ohio --
"Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack."
$3,061,941 FROM THE NRA
Todd Young, Ind. --
"We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns."
$2,896,732 FROM THE NRA
Bill Cassidy, La. --
"Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families."
$2,861,047 FROM THE NRA
French Hill, Ark. --
"Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. [ . . . ] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror."
$1,089,477 FROM THE NRA
Ken Buck, Co. --
I'm praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community."
$800,544 FROM THE NRA
David Young, Iowa --
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas."
$707,662 FROM THE NRA
Mike Simpson, Idaho --
"Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy."
$385,731 FROM THE NRA
Greg Gianforte, Mont. --
No statement released.
$344,630 FROM THE NRA
Don Young, Alaska --
"Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence."
$245,720 FROM THE NRA
Lloyd Smucker, Pa. --
"Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders."
$221,736 FROM THE NRA
Bruce Poliquin, Maine --
"My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you."
$201,398 FROM THE NRA
Pete Sessions, Tex. --
"My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy."
$158,111 FROM THE NRA
Barbara Comstock, Va. --
"I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders."
$137,232 FROM THE NRA
All of these representatives are Republican. The highest ranked Democrat in the House is Sanford Bishop, who ranks 41st in career donations from the NRA
Among the top 100 House recipients, 95 are Republican. In the Senate, the top two Democrats are Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who rank 52nd and 53rd -- behind every Republican but Dan Sullivan of Alaska.
Finally, why are our numbers different from those in Bret Stephens's column on the Second Amendment? Because ours include money the NRA spends on behalf of candidates, in addition to money it gives directly to candidates.
Note: John McCain received the bulk of his donations as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
For all Congress members, total includes both direct campaign contributions as well as outside money spent on behalf of candidates from the NRA's Political Action Committees and directly from the NRA's 501(c)(4) social welfare arm, which does not have to disclose its donors to the public.
Figures also subtract independent expenditures for and against opponents if the candidate did not compete in a general election. Dollar figures are career totals back to 1989.
Source: Center for Responsive Politics
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