204 mass shootings in 204 days is used as an argument for more people to carry guns in the US.
At this year's 204th day, July 23, 2015, the United States has had 204 mass shootings. The figures come from The Mass Shooting Tracker. They differ from other US databases that record shooting in that it defines the mass shootings in which at least four people were shot in the same incident.
- These shootings have become so common that they usually do not reach the national news media, writes Washington Post's journalist Christopher Ingraham, and says that four people were shot in Cincinnati earlier this month, that seven were shot in Cleveland and nine in Fort Wayne, as examples.
- If you do not live in these areas, you probably have not even heard of them, he writes.
The Mass Shooting Tracker lists 203 mass shootings in the US so far this year. Add to that the mass shooting in a movie theater in Louisiana on July 22, and 204 mass shootings were reached.
There is an enormous amount of guns among Americans, and conflicts will much easier to end up in a shooting.
Typically in the US is to have handguns, revolvers and pistols of various types, thus Americans can easily carry weapons wherever they go.
Although there are differing opinions on gun legislation within the United States, and President Barack Obama has argued for stricter gun laws and stricter control, it has not had any consequences for the current legislation.
It has to do with American culture. The right to bear arms is part of the constitution. There are large groups in the US who perceive getting stricter gun laws as an attack on personal freedom in general.
To BBC, Barack Obama says that his biggest frustration as president is that he has failed to adopt "more sensible laws for gun control."
Now the mass shootings in the US is used as an argument for more people to carry guns, so they can defend themselves if necessary. In some states, teachers can carry guns in school.
After the shooting massacre in a church in Charleston earlier this year, it was also discussed if people who work in a church ought to have guns available.
The argument is that if someone starts to shoot, they can return fire and shoot them pretty quickly.
Persons who carry out mass shootings in places like schools, theaters, cinemas and military camps in the United States can be divided into four main groups.
The first group is perpetrators who are individuals with strong psychopathic traits, which is narcissistic and see themselves as world champions.
Helpers are often in the second main group.
These are people who also have mental health problems, such as schizophrenia or have strong dependency on others.
The third group is people who do not necessarily have psychological problems, but has been subjected to traumatic experiences that tilts them.
For example, that they lose their job, or have to go a year over in school, or a broken relationship with their girlfriend. There are several things that come into play, but each one is unique.
The fourth group is jihadists. People who kill for Islam. There are many examples in the United States, for example the Fort Hood massacre, the attempted mass shooting in Dallas in connection with the exhibition of Muhammad cartoons, and just recently, the shooting against a Marines office in Chattanooga, where amazingly the Marines were unarmed and unable to return fire.
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