What causes mass shootings and what can we do to curb gun violence?

An AK-47 sits on a display stand at Impact Guns in South Salt Lake on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. According to a recent poll, 40% of Utahns say restricting access to firearms through stricter gun control laws would improve public safety.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Mass shootings only account for a small percentage of the gun violence fatalities in the U.S., where 45,222 firearm-related deaths occurred in 2020, an average of about 124 every day.

But according to data assembled by The Violence Project, U.S. mass shootings, defined by the nonprofit group as single incidents resulting in four or more deaths, not including the shooter, are becoming increasingly deadly.

From 2017 to 2021, mass shooters killed 295 people, about a third more than the 221 fatalities in the five-year period that ended in 2016. And the most recent data shows the number of people injured was five times higher than in the previous five-year period.

While different definitions of “mass shooting” are used by different groups and government agencies, per the Violence Project’s parameters, four mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. so far in 2022, the latest in Highland Park, Illinois, when a rooftop shooter killed seven people during a 4th of July parade.

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