Here’s some sobering news that’s sure to shine the light on just how prevalent gun violence is in America.
Just a week before 22-year-old Elliot Rodger carried out a massacre near the University of California, Santa Barbara, killing six, 80 others were killed by guns across the nation.
Even more shocking? There have been more than 44 school shootings since Adam Lanza murdered 22 first-graders at Sandy Hook elementary school.
From the Huffington Post:
By weekend’s end, New Orleans had seen 19 people shot, four fatally. On Friday, a fight broke out at a high school graduation party that resulted in one person being killed and seven wounded. On Sunday, three men were shot with an assault rifle. That night, a murder took place at a Cajun seafood joint. On Monday morning, a triple shooting happened right outside a hospital, where people sitting in a car were hit with bullets in their backs, arms and legs. All survived. That same day, a 17-year-old died after being shot multiple times. Even earlier, a man riding his bike was shot under an overpass. The day ended with a homicide in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Outside of New Orleans, the U.S. was pocked with bad news. In the week prior to Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in Isla Vista, there were at least 80 gun-related deaths across the country, according to a Huffington Post analysis of local news reports.
But instances such as the one at UC Santa Barbara are rare in respect to gun-related homicides. In fact, FBI data shows that there were 900 people who died in mass shootings from 2006 through 2012. By contrast, firearms were used in 11,078 homicides in 2010 alone, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Click here for a complete list of those who lost their lives to gunfire just last week. May they rest in peace.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty