According to the FBI, the two shooters in the San Bernardino shooting were both radicalized Muslims. The shooting at the Inland Regional Center was not an act of sudden workplace violence, but of a pre-planned act with terrorist motives. This is proven by the pre-made bombs and previous communication. Though this was a terrible act that took the lives of 14 individuals, this was far from the first mass shooting in the United States this year. A mass shooting is classified as having 4 or more victims (including the shooter) in the incident. There were, as of December 2nd, 355 shootings of this caliber in the United States, according to this interpretation.
You may not typically hear about the numerous gun violence instances throughout the United States. Below is a list from the Gun Violence Archive that shows the total number of instances recorded to date. Clearly, there are thousands of cases, and sadly, deaths. There are in fact more than 24,000 injuries and over 12,000 deaths associated with guns. In total, there are over 48,000 instances where a gun was used for violence. Does this not raise any red flags? The first step to survival is to be aware, then to prepare. Do not be caught off guard by what you do not know to be a cause for concern. Is everyone who you see walking down the street ready to act violently with a gun? No. However, there is more gun violence then the few cases that are filtered through on the news.
GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE 2015 TOLL OF GUN VIOLENCE
- Total Number of Incidents 48,822
- Number of Deaths 12,364
- Number of Injuries 24,969
- Number of Children (age 0-11) Killed/Injured 647
- Number of Teens (age 12-17) Killed/Injured 2,446
- Mass Shooting 311
- Officer Involved Incident 4,071
- Home Invasion 2,102
- Defensive Use 1,149
- Accidental Shooting 1,773
Data Validated: December 07, 2015