Last Wednesday’s mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Southern California took the lives of 13 people, including the gunman. It also marked the 308th mass shooting of 2018.
To put this in perspective, there have been 315 days in 2018 so far. There have been almost as many mass shootings as there have been days this year, and there has been zero legislation passed to prevent further massacres.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, an online non-profit that collects and archives gun violence incidents, some 11,000 Americans are killed in firearm assaults yearly (this does not include the 22,000 annual suicides). Of the 12,618 individuals killed and over 24,000 injured so far in 2018, just 1,543 were categorized as “defensive use.”
The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as a single incident in which four or more people—not including the shooter—are “shot and/or killed” at “the same general time and location.” There is no single broadly accepted definition of a mass shooting.
In fact, the government also has not landed on any single definition of “mass shooting.” A 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service says at least four victims must be killed. Other criteria is more broad, and requires a least four victims be injured though not necessarily killed.
The following is a complete list of the mass shootings, as defined by the Gun Violence Archive, that have taken place so far in the United States in 2018:
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