On Thursday evening, eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx distribution facility in Indianapolis. Take a look at this graphic from CNN, which shows the location of 45 mass shootings (in which 4 or more people are wounded or killed) that have taken place since March 16th:
That’s 45 mass shootings in the past month ALONE. The United States has suffered through 147 mass shootings thus far in 2021. We haven’t had that many DAYS in 2021.
That’s right — we are AVERAGING more than one mass shooting per day in 2021. Forget, for a moment, about your opinion on the second amendment. Nobody could look at the graphics above and just shrug. This is weird.
Now, here’s the other strange thing about America’s mass shooting epidemic: Americans by and large WANT to see more gun safety measures approved by lawmakers. Check out these findings from a Quinnipiac University poll that was released on Thursday, April 15:
A majority of Americans (54 – 42 percent) support stricter gun laws in a Quinnipiac University national poll of adults released today. Democrats support stricter gun laws 91 – 8 percent. Republicans oppose these laws 74 – 22 percent, and independents oppose them 51 – 44 percent.
When you break down the numbers into specific policy proposals, the data remains clear:
♦ 89% of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers;
♦ 74% of Americans support so-called “red flag” laws;
♦ 52% of Americans support a nationwide ban on assault weapons;
♦ 51% of Americans support a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines;
♦ 45% of Americans believe that gun violence in this country is a “crisis.”
The reason that Congress hasn’t taken action to address gun violence in this country is NOT because Americans don’t approve of these policy changes.
As we’ve noted before in this space, the only way to make real change on the issue of gun violence is to elect more people who are willing to make those changes.