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It's how it's defined. Mass shootings are when 4 or more are shot in one incident, but they don't all necessarily die. Mass killings are when 4 or more people are actually killed, not just shot. So 200 mass shootings ended up in 22 mass killings.I didn't realize that this shooting in texas was only 1 of three that happened yesterday. There are just too many for them all to be big news.
Saturday's mass shooting was the nation's third of the day, following others in Chico, California, and Columbus, Ohio.
James Alan Fox, a professor of Criminology, Law & Public Policy at Northeastern who has studied mass killings for 40 years, says 2023 has been the worst year in terms of mass killings "since at least 2006 and probably ever."
"I've not seen anything like this," Fox said. "We have more guns in the hands of Americans. Gun sales have skyrocketed since COVID. There's a lot of divisiveness in this country, and people suffering emotionally and economically since the pandemic."
Mass killings are happening with staggering frequency in the United States this year: an average of about one a week, according to an analysis of the Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University mass killing database. So far there have been 22 mass killings in the U.S. in 2023.
The Gun Violence Archive says the Texas mass shooting is the 200th in the nation this year and the 12th in May. Mass shootings, defined as four or more people shot, differ from mass killings, defined as four or more people killed.
I dont understand that last part. One sentence says we have had 22 mass killings in the U.S. in 2023. Then the very next sentence says we have had 200 mass shootings and 12 in may. Which is correct?
All mass killings are also mass shootings, but not all mass shootings end up as mass killings.