Vegas Shooting Only a Tiny Fraction of U.S. Gun Deaths

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Large-scale, high-profile shootings such as the horrific one in Las Vegas are just a tiny fraction of the daily drumbeat of gun violence in the U.S., the Washington Post reports. This year, close to 12,000 people have been killed in gun violence incidents, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that tracks shootings via media and police reports. That works out to around 42 victims of gun violence per day, a figure that does not include suicides. Sunday alone there were at least 24 fatal shooting incidents in the U.S., including the Las Vegas shooting, the archive says.

Day by day, week by week, the run-of-the-mill homicides that barely draw any attention account for the overwhelming share of U.S. gun tragedies. The Post described each of Sunday’s fatal shooting incidents. Examples: In Miami, A man was shot and killed by police in the early morning hours after gunshots were reported outside Heads or Tails Gentleman’s Lounge. In Lawrence, Ks., Three people were killed and two more wounded following an altercation downtown, also in the early-morning hours.

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