How many mass shootings have there been this year? A lot. – NBC Chicago

Most days in the United States in 2022 there has been a mass shooting.

In July, people ran for their lives after a man opened fire during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, killing eight and injuring dozens.

In May, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, carrying out one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.

Every week there are more tragedies. Over 200 days through 2022, there were an average of 13 mass shootings per week, according to an NBC analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive. The GVA defines a mass shooting as an event where a minimum of four victims are shot, injured, or killed, not including the shooter.

The United States is an exception when it comes to gun violence among high-income countries. No other has nearly as many violent gun deaths. Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with firearms and more than 200 are injured, an average of more than 40,000 deaths per year.

While mass shootings represent a small fraction of gun-related deaths, they are becoming more and more frequent. In 2017, there were around 350 mass shootings; this number has increased to nearly 700 in 2021.

Mass shootings may also be more severe than in the past. During an average mass shooting, about 5 people are shot. The deadliest mass shooting to date took place in 2017, when a gunman fired more than 1,000 gunshots into a crowd at a music festival in Las Vegas, killing 60 and injuring hundreds.

When it comes to the most violent mass shootings, events with 10 or more casualties, this year is already on pace with last year’s peak.

For a complete list of mass shootings in the United States and their methodology, visit the Gun Violence Archive.

NBC Chicago

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