America’s latest mass shooting incident, at a church in Texas on Sunday, has left at least 26 people dead and 20 injured, making it the worst in the state’s history .
The frequency of this kind of event risks anaesthetising us to the number of people who die from shootings in one of the world’s most developed nations. The numbers are staggering.
1. Texas is often at the frontline of mass shootings
In 2015, there were 45 deaths from Texan mass shootings. In 2016, the state saw 39 victims. This year, the running total is 57.
While individual large tragedies may skew the data for particular years, Texas is consistently bad for gun violence.
After the Las Vegas attack, Nevada has suffered the most deaths from mass shootings this year – at 59 deaths – but it is also worst when we make the number proportional to a state’s population.
It being a small state, Nevada has now had 20 mass shooting deaths per one million of its people in 2017 – with the next highest rates seen in Mississippi (7.7 per million) and Kansas (3.8 per million).