US: World Leader on Mass Shootings
The US has more mass shootings than any other nation.
1. The Congressional Research Service has defined “mass shooting” as a single event involving the murder of four or more people with a firearm, in public or private spaces.
2. From 1999 to 2013, there were 317 mass killing events in the United States, killing 1,554 people and wounding 441.
3. On average, there were 4.5 mass killing incidents in the US incidents annually from 2010 through 2013.
4. This compares with just 1.1 annually in the 1970s and 2.7 mass shootings annually in the 1980s.
5. A study of similar events in 13 other leading economies found 33 mass shootings from 2000 to 2013.
6. Germany had six such events, Russia and China had four and Canada and South Africa had three.
7. Some shootings outside the United States have been very large too. A domestic terrorist in Norway killed 67 people, mostly children, in 2011.
Sources: The Globalist Research Center, Congressional Research Service, Jaclyn Schildkraut of the State University of New York in Oswego & H. Jaymi Elsass of Texas State University and the Wall Street Journal.