The United States was shocked on Saturday after gunmen opened fire in Texas and Ohio within hours. It was already the sixteenth and seventeenth mass shootings in the US this year, which on average amounts to one extremely fatal shooting incident every eleven days.
The American intelligence service FBI has never given a definition for a mass shooting . However, when three or more people are shot in such an event, the FBI says there is a mass killing , ABC News writes. The perpetrator is not included as a victim.
The first mass shooting in the US this year took place on January 23, when five people were killed in a bank robbery in a Florida bank. Barely 24 hours later, four people were shot in the state of Georgia. Another two days later a man shot five family members in Louisiana.
There were no fewer than four fatal mass shootings in the month of February, in which seventeen people were killed. In the past four months, another nine mass shootings followed, the last of which took place in California on Monday. Then at a garlic festival three visitors, including two children, were shot.
A total of 76 people died in the above incidents. In the US, many more 'smaller' shootings take place, often killing a few people. Looking at those figures, the US is shocked almost every day by a shooting incident, according to US media.
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Call for a stricter arms law
In multiple shooting incidents at schools in the United States, no fewer than 113 people were killed in 2018, writes BBC News. As a result, the call for a stricter arms law is getting bigger.
A stricter arms policy would reduce armed violence, according to activist Emma Gonzaléz. She survived a shooting at a school in Parkland and has since organized protest marches.
The American president Donald Trump said earlier that he was in favor of arming teachers. He thinks, like other proponents, that it is the best way to prevent new fatal shooting incidents at school.
A man shot twenty people in a mall in Texas. (Photo: Reuters)
New shooting in Texas one of the most deadly in US history
The shooting in El Paso, Texas, is one of the most deadly mass shootings in the United States in the last five decades. Seven incidents claimed even more victims.
Three of them took place in the last three years. Attacks at a concert in Las Vegas (58 deaths, 2017), in a gay nightclub in Orlando (49 deaths, 2016) and in a church in Texas (26 deaths, 2017) resulted in a total of 133 fatalities.
The number of fatalities in Texas can still rise. Dozens of people are still in the hospital with multiple injuries. Three people were arrested.
Multiple deaths at Dayton, Ohio shooting
A few hours after reports came out of a bloody attack in Texas, a suspect opened fire in Ohio. It is said that five to ten people died there.
The authorities have not yet released any messages about the fatal number of victims.
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