On average, a mass murder takes place almost every nine days in the United States, according to a poll by the news agency AP , the American daily USA Today and Northeastern University in Boston on Saturday. In 2019, there were 41 attacks killing at least four people, the largest number since the census began in 1970.
The bulk of the attacks were shootings. In eight cases, another weapon, such as an ax or knife, was used. In the case of eighteen mass murders, the attacker had his own family in mind.
A total of 211 people were killed, so that another negative record is not broken: in 2017, 13 more people died. Then the US experienced the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the country, when a man opened fire on festival-goers from his hotel room.
The US again faced a large number of mass shootings this year. Research by Gun Violence Archive (GVA) shows that such an incident occurred at least 412 times until 28 December. The organization only looked at shootings with at least four wounded; the American intelligence service FBI has never given a definition for a mass shooting .
According to AP , a few mass killings and mass shootings barely made the national news because they were overshadowed by other "major" incidents, such as the mass shootings in Ohio, Texas, and El Paso this year.
Some massacres in the US in the past year:
- January 19: Man kills his mother, stepfather, girlfriend and nine-month-old daughter with an ax
- January 23: Five people fall victim to a bank robbery in Florida
- January 25: In Georgia, mother and daughter are killed in the house, after which the fire is opened on the street
- January 27: A man shoots his date, her brother and father, and his own parents
- June 3: Twelve people are killed in a shooting near a town hall in Virginia
- August 3: 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso are shot
- August 4: In Ohio, ten people are killed a few hours after the Texas shooting
"Era of anger and frustration"
Criminologist James Densley says in conversation with the news agency that the number of mass murders is due to an "era of anger and frustration". He finds the figures striking because the average number of murders in the US has been falling for some time.
Most massacres were committed in the state of California, where the most stringent US arms legislation is in force.
See also: This is why there are still no stricter arms laws in the US