Mass Shootings Are On The Rise, Making 2022 Second Worst Year Ever


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Gun violence in the U.S. is at an all-time high.

Katherine Kilsey, Lion's Roar Staff

There have been more mass shootings than days so far in 2022. As of November 25, there have been 611 mass shootings in the U.S. this year. Thirty-five of them were school shootings. This makes 2022 the second-worst year for gun violence on record, following only 2021, which had 690 mass shootings. 

The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as a shooting in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.

So far this year, 39,935 people in the U.S. have died from gun-related events. This number does not only include mass shootings, but also deaths by homicide, murder, unintentional shootings, and suicide. Of these victims, 291 were children aged 0-11, and 1,225 were teenagers aged 12-17. 

In the week of November 21 alone, 24 lives were lost to mass shootings and 37 people were left injured. The shootings occurred across seven states. In the month of November, there were at least 32 mass shootings across the nation that resulted in over 177 people being shot and 43 dead. Despite the number of mass shootings being lower in November this year than in November of 2021, there have been more fatalities and injuries. 

Shootings do not seem to be slowing down. On Thanksgiving, a shooter in Houston, Texas, killed two and left two injured. This was just one day after shooters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and
Temple Hills, Maryland, injured four people in two separate attacks.

School shootings specifically have also been on the rise. As of November 22, there have been 46 school shootings reported this year that resulted in injury or death. This is the most in a single year since incidents began to be tracked in 2018. Before this year, 2021 had the most school shootings resulting in injury or death, at 35. Just recently, on October 24, a teacher and a 15-year-old student were killed and seven other students were injured in a shooting inside Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Gun violence is an ongoing problem in America and is evident through the significant rise in mass shootings. The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to violence through firearms, despite being among the wealthiest and most developed countries. Innocent people are losing their lives at the hands of a gun, and unfortunately, the numbers are only going up.