According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 572 mass shootings in the United States in 2023 as of August 4, 2023. A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more people are shot, excluding the shooter. The Gun Violence Archive is a non-profit research group that tracks gun violence in the United States.
It is important to note that this number is likely to be an underestimate, as many mass shootings go unreported. Additionally, the Gun Violence Archive’s definition of a mass shooting is more restrictive than some other definitions, which may include incidents with three or more victims.
The United States has the highest rate of gun violence of any developed country. In 2020, there were 45,222 gun-related deaths in the United States, including suicides and homicides. This is a rate of 11.3 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people, which is more than 25 times the rate of other developed countries.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high rate of gun violence in the United States, including the easy availability of guns, the lack of universal background checks, and the glorification of gun violence in popular culture.
There is a growing movement to address gun violence in the United States. This movement includes calls for stricter gun control laws, as well as for investments in mental health and violence prevention programs.