USA Today, June 2022
In 2022, there have already been a dozen mass killings – all of them shootings –in the United States, which have left 76 people dead, according to The Associated Press, USA TODAY, Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. Since 2006, roughly 30 mass killings a year have occurred in the U.S., which puts 2022 on track with 12 mass killings, said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston.
“We’re in a paralysis,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.
Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. since 1900, seven have occurred in the past 10 years, according to Fox’s data, including the attack at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 and the massacre at a concert in Las Vegas in 2017. At schools, more people have died in mass killings in the past five years than in the prior 12 years combined, according to The Associated Press, USA TODAY, Northeastern University database. The database defines a mass killing as incidents in which four or more people, not including the attacker, have been killed, and it includes forms of violence beyond only guns.