The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit, non-political, non-advocacy group, keeps statistics of gun violence in the USA. And these statistics are increasingly grim. As reported by the GVA:
- As of May 1, at least 13,959 people have died from gun violence in the U.S. this year, including 491 teens and 85 children.
- Suicide is the highest factor in gun death statistics, with an average of about 66 deaths by suicide per day in 2023.
- The majority of gun deaths have occurred in the states of Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois and Louisiana.
- Police-involved shootings account for 460 people killed.
- There have also been 494 unintentional or accidental shootings.
- There have been 184 mass shootings in 2023 as of May 1, which the Gun Violence Archive defines as as an incident in which four or more victims are shot or killed. These mass shootings resulted in 248 dead and 744 injured.
- There have been at least 13 K-12 school shootings so far this year.
(Statistics and maps available at Gun Violence Archive)
June 2, 2023 was marked as Gun Violence Prevention Awareness Day. There will be young Americans demonstrating in Washington, DC, this week to share their urgent desire to end the insanity of gun violence proliferation.
The Ursuline Sisters on their Facebook page Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland | Mayfield Heights OH | Facebook asked you to join them in a novena against gun violence, and it’s never too late to pray: