Mass Shootings Have Killed 934 People Since 2006
But most are smaller killings than you're imagining
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 7:43 AM CST
Crosses bearing the names of the Newtown shooting victims are displayed in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The US has seen 934 people killed in 146 mass shootings since 2006, a USA Today analysis of FBI records has found—a number that represents less than 1% of all gun-related homicides. Few of those shootings were the kind of Newtown-esque massacres you might be imagining, however. The paper was using the FBI's definition of a mass shooting, which is one in which four or more people were killed; in most cases, the gunmen knew their victims.

"Mass shootings … are the tragedies that capture the public's attention," says the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Gun Violence campaign, which reached similar results in its own research. "But every day, 33 Americans are being killed, mostly with handguns and distressingly often, by a family member or intimate partner." Still, mass shootings aren't exactly uncommon either, occurring roughly once every two weeks.

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Feb 24, 2013 5:13 PM CST
While driving while high on pot kills 400 per year. ( But Liberal morons want to fear-monger for gun control while putting you at a FAR GREATER risk from legal pot driving assholes.
Feb 23, 2013 1:33 PM CST
Feb 22, 2013 2:01 PM CST
This number is an acceptable cost to keep the government from taking over. I want my government to live in fear of its citizens, not the other way around.