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Staggering stats: There have been more mass shootings than days this year

Despite only accounting for 5% of the global population, an astounding 31% of the world's mass shootings occur in the U.S.
People bow their heads in prayer during a vigil held in honor of the victims of the fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oct. 3, 2015, in Winston, Ore. (Photo by John Locher/AP)
People bow their heads in prayer during a vigil held in honor of the victims of the fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oct. 3, 2015, in Winston, Ore.

Despite only accounting for 5% of the global population, an astounding 31% of the world's mass shootings occur in the U.S.

That sobering statistic from the University of Alabama Department of Criminal Justice was again brought to the forefront Wednesday, when a couple killed at least 14 people in San Bernardino, California — the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, three years ago.