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Again and again, and — again
Author: Raine    Date: 12/03/2015 14:02:55

I have no words.

I have anger and rage. I have sadness that we are a nation that will do nothing to stop the tide of mass gun shooting on our soil.

The San Bernardino shooting is the second mass shooting today and the 355th this year
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It would be also be the second mass shooting just today -- in the early morning hours, one person was killed and three were injured in an incident in Savannah, Georgia.

Speaking after the Colorado Springs shooting last week, President Obama urged Americans to not let this type of violence "become normal." But the data show that this type of incident already is normal. There have been more mass shootings than calendar days so far this year.

The number of mass shootings so far this year has already surpassed the total number of mass shootings in 2014, according to the Reddit tracker. And the pace is well above 2013's pace, when a total of 363 mass shootings occurred.

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So what can be done?
It's worth pointing out that shootings like the one in San Bernardino are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the totality of gun violence in America. Over 33,000 people died at the end of a gun in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly two-thirds of those were suicides. That leaves roughly 11,000 gun homicides each year.

Guns don't kill people of their own volition, obviously. But they sure do make it easier. And the sheer number of guns in circulation means that somebody who wants to get a gun to hurt a lot of people typically won't have a hard time doing so.


This is real illness.

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