There have been 39 mass shootings in the US so far in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
The latest mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, left 7 people dead and 1 injured.
Experts expect the statistics for 2023 to look similar to 2022 and 2021, despite recent gun reform.
Gun violence isn't slowing down in America.
One of the latest mass shootings — this time in Monterey Park, California — left 11 people dead and 9 more injured after a gunman shot up a dance hall during a Lunar New Year celebration on January 21, 2023.
"The reports coming out of Monterey Park are absolutely devastating," tweeted Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. "Families deserve to celebrate the holidays in peace - mass shootings and gun violence are a plague on our communities."
Just two days later on January 23, another gunman killed 7 people and injured 1 in two separate locations in Half Moon Bay, California.
So far this year, the US has seen 36 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks shootings in the US. That's more mass shootings in the month of January than in the previous five Januarys, dating back to at 2018.
The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.
This table includes the names, locations, and information about who was hurt in each mass shooting the Archive recorded in the US in 2023:
So far in 2023, the Archive recorded 2,679 deaths related to gun violence. In 2022, the Gun Violence Archive recorded 647 mass shootings and 44,287 total deaths from gun violence.
The United States is the only country in the world where there are more civilian guns than there are people, according to the Small Arms Survey (SAS), a Swiss research project.
SAS reports that there are 120 guns for every 100 Americans.
After each mass shooting, the issue of gun control gets renewed attention in politics and the media. Last June, in response to the Uvalde massacre in May that left 19 children and 2 adults dead, President Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun reform bill, the most significant of its kind in decades.
But some experts aren't convinced that the recently passed law will have much of an immediate effect on gun violence — at least not this year.
"It's a little bit hard to say at this point that it's gonna result in massive changes in the overall landscape of mass shootings," Kelly Drane told Insider. She said she expects that in 2023, "we'll see similar numbers to what we've seen in 2022 and in 2021" in terms of gun violence.
But it's not just mass shootings that make up gun violence in the US. Americans are 25 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than citizens in other high-income countries, according to the Giffords Law Center.
"Mass shootings, particularly like the one that we saw this past weekend, they represent a very, very small fraction of gun deaths in this country," Kelly Drane, the research director at Giffords Law Center, told Insider. "Americans are much more likely to die from gun suicide or to be shot in other forms of gun violence outside of mass shootings."
Stopping gun violence and mass shootings must happen at the systemic level, not the individual level, according to Dr. Daniel Semenza, the Director of Interpersonal Violence Research at the Rutgers Gun Violence Research Center.
"If you don't want to see this kind of level of gun violence and you want to stop seeing these headlines, then you have to bring in people into power who can make the decisions to start reducing access to the weapons that are causing this."
Dr. Semenza said that in the aftermath of the Monterey Park shooting, people are going to start looking for motive, wondering what drove this individual shooter to commit the attack.
But, he said, "Looking out for warning signs as an individual thing might feel like you're doing something, but at the end of the day, policy is gonna structure a lot of how this is going to move forward."
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