Last week, a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas left 19 children and two adults dead. This was the deadliest U.S. school shooting in a decade.
There was an outpouring of grief and sadness, sparking tired conversations surrounding the government’s persistent failure to stop these senseless murders from taking place. Over the weekend, there were at least another 12 mass shootings in the country.
The following charts, in my opinion, speak more than a thousand words about the excessive and abnormal gun culture in the United States.
Furthermore, these charts expose the “generation-defining” impacts that can no longer be ignored, especially by anyone with more than a few brain cells.
Number one: In relative terms, more children in the U.S. are killed by guns than vehicles.
Number two: Mass shootings in the U.S. have intensified since 2004 when the ban on assault weapons ended. The Financial Times produced a helpful visual on this.
The 1994 law barred the "manufacture, transfer, and possession" of about 118 firearm models and all magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
What else needs to happen for America to wake up?
The ever-rising death toll doesn’t seem to be enough.
Countless lives have been lost, preventable tragedies reduced to data points.
And there seems to be no end in sight.