The United States has experienced its 45th mass shooting for the year, while 88 people die everyday in the USA from guns. An analysis has found that there have been at least 134 mass shootings in the nearly seven-year period. In 58 of the 134 incidents (44%), the shooter committed suicide during the incident.
The United States has a very dangerous and unhealthy relationship with guns roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms. Based on production data from firearm manufacturers, there are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the United States as of 2010. Of these, about 100 million are handguns.
According to evertownreasch.org mass shootings did not follow any clear seasonal patterns; rather they occurred fairly regularly and no more than three months passed without a mass shooting. They also mention the perpetrators of mass shootings are generally older than perpetrators of gun violence in the U.S. as a whole.Whereas the median age of known overall gun murderers in the U.S. is 26, the median age of the perpetrators of mass shootings was 34.
When it comes to political donations, from the 1990 election cycle through August 22, 2010, the following political contributions were made by gun rights and gun control interest groups to federal candidates:
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With the latest shooting in Oregon it is a dismal picture. According to http://smartgunlaws.org the state’s report card on guns is a “D+”. The report goes on to say:
Among its gun violence prevention provisions, Oregon:
- Requires a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties; and
- Prohibits certain domestic abusers from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Oregon also gives law enforcement limited discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
Oregon does not, however:
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License or significantly regulate firearms dealers;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Significantly regulate ammunition sales; or
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms.