Mass Shootings across the U.S. this past weekend leave many injured

Nine cities in over six states across the country experienced acts of gun violence and mass shootings stretching from Friday afternoon to Sunday this past weekend. This represents the trend of increasing gun violence and the daunting amount of casualties the U.S. tends to experience as a result of looser gun control laws. In recent weeks, the Biden administration has been forced to refocus and condense efforts into battling gun crime.

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2020, the most recent year for which complete data is available, active shooter incidents have increased by almost thirteen-fold since 2000. The FBI defines active shooter incidents as a shooting “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” With this definition, the FBI found that there were only three such incidents in 2000; by 2020, that figure had increased to forty.

The cities which were impacted over the weekend consisted of, New Iberia LA, Norfolk VA, Dumas AK, Houston TX, Fayetteville NC, Austin TX, Dallas TX, and Milwaukee WI. The death toll reached 8, and left over 60 individuals seriously injured. The setting of gun attacks varied extensively, with some attacks being drive-by shootings or caused by arguments that got out of hand. A festival in Austin, a carshow, a hotel, and a restaurant have also experienced gun violence. Each incident has further engraved the need for gun reform and escalated the tragedies caused by rising gun violence. With guns unregulated in so many public spaces, incidents such as these will only continue to occur.