Over the weekend, seven mass shootings took place across the United States, including the second-deadliest incident this year at a Dallas-area outlet mall, bringing the total number of mass shootings in the country this year to over 200.
The Gun Violence Archive — a nonprofit which tracks incidents in which four or more people, not including the attacker, were shot — revealed that there have been 207 such incidents this year alone (at the time of this writing).
Comparatively, in the past two years, the U.S. crossed the 200-mass shooting threshold in mid-May. However, in both 2019 and 2020, it didn’t reach 200 until mid-to-late June. Between 2016 and 2018, the country passed 200 mass shootings in late July.
BREAKING: Including yesterday's incident in Allen, TX, the U.S. has now reached 200+ mass shootings this year.
The country reached this number on:
-May 15th in 2022
-May 12th in 2021
-June 16th in 2020
-June 30th in 2019
-July 31st in 2018
-July 23rd in 2017
-July 22nd in 2016 pic.twitter.com/5VVY2EXmQ3
— The Gun Violence Archive (@GunDeaths) May 7, 2023
The GVA tracker recorded three shooting incidents on Saturday alone, including the one at Allen Premium Outlets in Texas, where a gunman killed eight people and injured seven before being fatally shot by police. Other mass shootings occurred in California and Ohio that same day.
On Sunday, four more mass shooting incidents were recorded, killing five people total and injuring a dozen others in California, Missouri, New Jersey and Maryland.
President Joe Biden has denounced the recent wave of shootings and urged Congress to act on gun control.
Yesterday, an assailant in tactical gear armed with an AR-15 style assault weapon gunned down innocent people in a shopping mall, and not for the first time.
Such an attack is too shocking to be so familiar.
We need more action, faster to save lives.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 7, 2023
Last year, the GVA tracker recorded 647 total mass shootings in the country, resulting in a total of 20,200 “willful, malicious or accidental” gun-related deaths and nearly 40,000 injuries.