It was just another day in America.
Instead of feeling shock and horror at the news that a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. left 14 dead and as many as 17 injured, many felt fed-up and exasperated.
It seems that you could not turn on the television in 2015 without hearing about another mass shooting. In June, Dylann Roof killed nine churchgoers who were attending a Bible study at the largely African-American Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. In October, Christopher Harper-Mercer killed eight students and one faculty member at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon.
The incidents have led many Americans, including U.S. President Barack Obama, to push for tougher gun control.
“As I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” Obama said. “It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America next week or a couple of months from now.”
What Obama has said
In America, this senseless violence is all-too common. There have been 352 mass shootings in 2015 so far, or more than once a day this year, according to the website Mass Shooting Tracker. Wednesday’s mass shooting at the San Bernardino social service centre was by far the worst shooting all year, with 14 deaths. It was also the worst shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, when Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six staff members at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mass shootings in Connecticut are relatively rare — there were only three in 2015. California, on the other hand, ranked third in the U.S. for mass shootings in 2015, with 24 mass shootings not including the one in San Bernardino. Florida had the most, with 27 shootings, followed by Illinois with 25 shootings.
While most of these shootings are spread out across cities in the U.S., a few cities carry a disproportional share of the country’s violence. Chicago had 14 mass shootings, while Baltimore had 10 and New Orleans had 7.