President Obama continues to lament the failure of law makers to take action to arrest the problem of the easy access to guns by Americans.
He described the recent attack in Orlando, Florida as “an act of terror and an act of hate.”
“We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be,” said the president, who has campaigned for stricter gun laws. “To actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
The statistics below show that the act of violence in America by guns is way outside the norm of most developed countries:
- Over 50 dead, 2016 – Omar Mateen opens fire on revelers at gay club in Orlando, Florida
- 14 dead, 2015 – Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik open fire at a staff gathering in San Bernardino
- 27 dead, 2012 – Adam Lanza kills 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six adults before killing himself at Sandy Hook, Connecticut
- 13 dead, 2009 – Maj Nidal Malik Hasan opens fire at army base in Fort Hood, Texas
- 13 dead, 2009 – Jiverly Wong shoots people at New York immigrant center before killing himself
- 32 dead, 2007 – Student Seung-Hui Cho massacres students at Virginia Tech University before killing himself
- 13 dead, 1999 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
- 23 dead, 1991 – George Hennard drives through the wall of a cafe in Killeen, Texas, before opening fire and committing suicide
The death toll means that the Orlando attack surpasses the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, which left 32 people dead.
According to the crowd-sourced Mass Shooting Tracker, the U.S. suffered 372 mass shootings last year, defined as a single incident that kills or injures four or more people. Some 475 people were killed and 1,870 wounded.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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