Gun deaths are up more than 12 percent in the first 200 days of 2017 compared with last year, reports the Washington Post. Firearm injuries are up nearly 8 percent. The number of children under the age of 12 shot by a gun has increased by 16 percent, while instances of defensive gun use are up nearly 30 percent. President Trump promised in his inaugural address that “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” But data from the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks shootings, show that the carnage has only gotten worse. In the first 200 days of 2014, the Archive’s team of researchers tallied 6,206 gun deaths, not counting suicides. Three years later that figure has jumped by well over one-third, to 8,539 fatalities.
Trump’s rhetoric aside, there’s little a president can do in his first six months in office to influence violent crime trends. The Archive also doesn’t offer any speculation about what’s driving these numbers. “We provide very little analysis, and that’s intentional,” the group’s founder Mark Bryant recently told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “We want people to be able to draw their own conclusions.” Other research has found that the nationwide homicide increase of recent years masks considerable regional variation. Homicides have risen sharply in some major cities, including Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland, while declining in others, including New York.