US Sees New Waves of Mass Shootings With No Clear Solution

Crime scen in Lake Merritt, California, U.S., June 20, 2024. Photo: X/ @jadenschaul

June 21, 2024 Hour: 9:44 am

Over 190 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. in 2024 so far, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The United States is grappling with a new wave of gun violence in one week that has led to multiple fatalities and injuries. The latest shooting happened during a Juneteenth celebration at Lake Merritt in Oakland, in California, and left 15 people injured.


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The crowds were peaceful on Wednesday night when an illegal sideshow involving vehicles and motorbikes occurred near Grand Avenue and Bellevue Avenue, Oakland Police Department said.

During the sideshow, someone walked onto the hood of a car, which led to the occupants getting out and assaulting that person. Then came the gunfire, Oakland Police Department Chief Floyd Mitchell said, adding that his department transported at least four gunshot victims to a local hospital.

On Wednesday evening, seven people were wounded in a shooting in North Philadelphia in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The shooter or shooters departed the scene in a vehicle. As investigators continue to delve into the case, no weapons have been found at the scene, and no arrests have been made thus far.

On Tuesday afternoon, a seven-year-old boy was killed in a “random shooting” on Chicago’s Near West Side. He was shot while exiting a building in the Oakley Square Apartments complex. Residents said they don’t allow their children to play outside for fear of random gun violence. So far this year, Chicago police said 127 children and teens under the age of 18 have been shot, 17 of them fatally, local media reported.

Over 190 mass shootings have occurred in the United States in 2024 so far, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more victims are shot or killed. Experts said that mass shootings happening near election times often greatly influence the nation’s views on guns.

“If there are any particularly horrendous shootings in the months to come, that has a way of pushing the issue back to the forefront of the agenda,” said Robert Spitzer, a gun policy expert. However, states continued to diverge on gun policy this year, with intense debate in the swing states that will decide the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

According to a report released this month by the Pew Research Center, voters overall are divided over whether the increasing number of guns in the United States is good or bad for society: 52 percent say it is very or somewhat bad, while 22 percent say it is good. Perhaps no topic divides voters more deeply than the role that firearms have in American life, the report said.

Source: Xinhua

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