Why does Washington not act on guns? Voters say it’s low priority.

Why does Washington not act on guns? Voters say it's low priority.

WASHINGTON — Mass shootings have become so commonplace in the United States in 2023, that the shelf life for any individual event before another shooting can be measured in days or sometimes hours. The latest mass shooting, in Monterey Park, California, is a prime example. By Monday morning, the Saturday murders at a Los Angeles area dance studio were soon followed by more tragedy. By Friday morning there had been eight more such events around the country, adding 14 more deaths to the grim ledger, according to the Gun Violence Archive . And a look at the data doesn’t show any signs of a coming slowdown — or any signs of likely action in Washington. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any event with a “minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident.” And using that definition, January has been a busy month. The Archive lists 44 mass shootings and 79 deaths through January 29 — and the month is not over yet. On top of the deaths, there were over 175 injuries in those shootings. That’s more than one mass shooting a day and more than two mass shooting deaths per day this month. January so far largely fits with the broader trend in mass shootings over the past decade and that has been climbing fairly steadily. In 2014, the Gun Violence Archive chronicled 273 mass shootings in the […]

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