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Map shows horrific number of mass shootings in America since Sandy Hook

By Simon Reynolds

June 13, 2016

The horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, this weekend is further proof that America’s gun problems just won’t go away.

29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire in a Florida gay nightclub with an assault rifle killing 50 people. Despite being questioned twice by the FBI in 2013, Mateen carried a state firearm licence and worked as an armed security officer for G4S.

Vox has produced a map showing the true extent of the US’s mass shootings since 27 people – included the gunman – were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

Since then America has witnessed 1,001 mass shootings with 1,141 people dead and a further 3,943 injured.

The Gun Violence Archive database has been documenting all reported mass shootings – defined as having more than four victims – by searching through and verifying news reports.

This map makes for pretty horrible viewing, and it’s not even taking into account the total number of firearm-related deaths. From 2005 to 2015, 301,797 people were killed by gun violence in the US.

This weekend’s Orlando tragedy has gone down as the worst mass shooting in US history.