There have already been 39 mass shootings in 2023 in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archives. There were more shootings than any other January in the database’s records, which date back to 2014.
Mass shootings – where four or more people, not including the shooter, are injured or killed – have averaged more than one a day in 2023. Every week there have been at least six mass shootings.
Mass shootings have increased in recent years. In 2022, 647 such incidents occurred, down from the previous year but more than any year since gun violence records began tracking in 2014.
The balance sheet is huge. Less than a month into 2023, mass shootings have already killed 70 people and injured 167 this year in America.