I commented on a news article about the Virginia Beach shooting and said it was time we began discussing reasonable gun laws. One reply said it was too soon? So, I asked when? He went off on me.
So, I replied. I pointed out that there have been 151 days (~21 weeks) since January 1. I suggested that we define a mass shooting as a single instance where 4 or more individuals were shot.
Then I provided some statistics for mass shooting for the first 5 full months of the year, not including Virginia Beach.
Between January 1 and May 31 of this year, there have been 148 mass shootings. Four or more individuals have been shot 148 times in 151 days. And, in those 153 shootings, 149 people have been killed and approximately 585 were injured. (These numbers are corrected to reflect a more accurate accounting from what I arrived at by eyeballing on the fly.)The longest period of time during the first 5 months in which there was no shooting was 1 week. And that happened twice.
We average a mass shooting every day. I can’t imagine how we can wait even another day. But, for some, it’s too soon. What do you think?
How long should we wait before we discuss laws to better control guns in our society?