What Counts as a Mass Shooting? Why so Much of America’s Gun Violence Gets Overlooked

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    The Recovery and Clean Up crew arrived at the Jesse Kosher supermarket following a mass shooting on December 11, 2019 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Credit – Rick Loomis – Getty Images

    In the past two weeks, two horrific mass shootings have made national news across the United States.

    On March 22, a gunman killed 10 people in a Boulder, Colo. Grocery store, including a police officer. A 21-year-old man has been charged with ten counts of murder after surrendering to police at the time of the incident.

    Just six days earlier, on March 16, mass shootings took place at three spas and massage parlors in the Atlanta metropolitan area. A 21-year-old man has since been charged with eight counts of murder, which police have arrested following a chase. Six of the eight people killed have been identified as Asian and Asian-American women; The incident has been seen as a widely targeted attack against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, at a time when violence and racism against the AAPI community has been on a significant rise in the country.

    Read more: Atlanta shootings turn into a long legacy of anti-Asian violence in America

    Moving further into the moment, we need to become more aware of our nation’s reactionary response to gun violence – and how coverage of gun crime is created and viewed through the white-majority media industry. It remains extremely important to hear and learn from AAPI communities, to uplift their voices, and to champion their call to end anti-Asian violence and discrimination as it relates to gun violence and any violence . Along with this, it is also important to define what a mass shooting really is. is-And to accept racial blind spots we have to apply the term, which is not actually born of a clear concrete or “literal” definition.

    Because in the last two weeks, there have been not two but 24 mass shootings. This includes a shooting spree in Maryland on March 28, where a gunman killed his parents, two others, and then himself. On March 26, two people were killed and another eight were injured after three separate shooting incidents in Virginia Beach. A few days before the shooting in Atlanta, 15 people were shot at a party in Chicago’s South Side, and two people were killed. Beyond local media coverage, the shooting went virtually unnoticed.

    In total, more than 100 people have been shot in all mass shooting incidents in the last two weeks – and more than 30 have died. In 2020, there were more than 600 large-scale shootings.

    Read more: 2020 ends as one of America’s most violent years

    Giffords Center executive director Robin Thomas, who “really created a change in public consciousness and public awareness” of gun violence, citing mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2006 and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. To stop gun violations, he says the American public actually began to pay attention to mass gun crime in the late 1980s and early 90s, especially when in a San Francisco office building Eight people were killed in the 1993 shooting. (Recorded mass shootings, however, date back to the 1920s, and many early events saw victims for their race.)

    The 1994 federal assault weapons were banned because of participation in the San Francisco shooting, which was part of a broader crime bill passed under President Bill Clinton that year. It prohibited the manufacture of specific types of ammunition as well as some semi-automatic weapons for civilian use. Although much of the impact of the crime bill has now been debated, and criticized, Thomas argues that limiting access to assault weapons affects “high lethal mass shootings”, replacing the bill at 10 There were very few during the years, and before the ban ended in 2004.

    The FBI does not define “mass shooting” as its tenure; It only defines “mass murderer” as someone who kills four or more people in one place – and does not necessarily have to be with a firearm. The most accepted definition of a mass shooting, then, is a single incident in which four or more people are shot and killed. A mass shooting typically takes place in a single location and time, but can involve multiple locations close to each other, as it did in Atlanta. The Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a major organization on the subject, uses this definition — as does the Gifford Law Center.

    Thomas says that the mass shootings promoted by people resonate a lot as they have happened in settings where they have been conditioned to feel safe – to list a few examples: schools, malls, office buildings. And places of worship. However this assumption does not accept the places where most mass shootings take place; The implicit bias here translates to a belief that these places, and other communities, are insecure. “We have become responsible for the day-to-day violence in urban communities,” Thomas said. “Many Americans don’t have to think about it.” Massive shootings occur all the time in the United States – particularly within poor Black Inner-City communities. The reality is, however, that shooting is not going to happen anywhere.

    “Fifty years ago a lot of people were dying in car accidents, and we adopted a broader national approach to addressing that problem – from drunk driving to limited speed turning columns to reduced seat belts to steering belts. I can move on and on. “We still drive a lot of cars. There are more cars on the road than before. And yet we reduced car deaths by 80% because we saw it as a public health issue and we took a wide range of steps for us. And we have to take a similar approach with gun violence. We need to pay attention to all the ways that we can stop it. “

    The task of taxing excessively is to call every single incident of gun violence, no matter how big or small. Gun violence attacking inner-city black communities is a large part of a major problem facing this country. Solutions are plentiful; Action can be taken in a very short time to address the problem of gun violence in the country, but if resentment persists, even if by omission, the weakest citizens in the country will never be heard – and we can call this plague Failed to address.

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