FACT: Too Many People Are DYING – Because even if there’s a court order to keep you away from your terrified ex, because even if you have a history of mental illness or violent behavior, you can still walk into a gun show, hand over $695 to a dealer, and get an AR15 without a background check, head for a crowded place, and open fire.
It’s happening all over America, over and over and over and over AGAIN.
Using FBI data and media reports, Everytown for Gun Safety developed an analysis of mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July 2015. The analysis found that there have been at least 133 mass shootings in the nearly seven-year period.
The FBI defines “mass shooting” as any incident where at least four people were murdered with a gun.
There was a noteworthy connection between mass shooting incidents and domestic or family violence. In at least 76 of the cases (57%), the shooter killed a current or former spouse or intimate partner or other family member, and in at least 21 incidents the shooter had a prior domestic violence charge.
Under federal law, domestic abuse only prohibits firearm ownership when the perpetrator has been married to the victim, has a child with them, or cohabits with them. In 23 percent of mass shootings in which the perpetrator killed a former or current partner (13 of 56), there was no evidence the pair had ever married or had a child together.
High-capacity magazines — or assault weapons likely equipped with them — were used in at least 15 of the incidents (11%). These incidents resulted in an average of 13.3 total people shot — 155% more people shot than in other incidents (5.2) — and 7.5 deaths — 47% more deaths than in other incidents (5.1).
The AR15 assault rifle shown above costs less than $700.
Source and Additional Information: https://everytownresearch.org/reports/mass-shootings-analysis/