In the aftermath of Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, which left at least 10 people dead and seven others wounded, President Obama and others condemned the routine nature of such violence.
They’re right about the frequency. In fact, according to The Washington Post, a full calendar week has yet to pass without a mass shooting during the president’s second term in office. As the country comes to grips with the latest tragedy – and as some lawmakers renew their call for tougher gun control laws -- here’s a closer look at gun violence in the U.S.
15—The number of times during his presidency that Obama has made a statement about a mass shooting.
294 – The number of mass shootings (defined as when four or more people were injured or killed by a gun) in 2015.
45—The number of school shootings there have been in 2015.
142 – The number of school shootings since the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
9,957—The number of people who have been killed by gun violence this year.
20,269 – The number of people who have been injured by a firearm this year.
153,144—The number of people who were killed by homicide in which firearms were used between 2001 and 2013 (the last year that such data was available).
7—The number of children and teens who die every day, on average, from gun violence (Five are murdered and two kill themselves).
20- The number of times higher the homicide rate by guns is for Americans, compared to those who live in other developed countries.