Take the Borderstan Reader Poll: Are You Worried About Mass Shootings in Public Places?
Last month a gunman in Colorado opened fire inside a movie theater in Aurora, a Denver suburb. He killed 12 people and injured many more. This is, of course, hardly the first time such a horrible random act of mass violence has occurred in the United States.
All you have to do is conduct an online search for mass shootings in the united states (or something similar) and you will get more results than you will ever want to see.
On July 20, CNN.com even had a story, Worst U.S. mass shootings, which lists the 13 worst mass shootings in American history, dating back to 1949. And these are only the worst 13.
In Washington, a city where people do think about the the threat of a terrorist attack, do we collectively think, or worry, about mass shootings in in public places?
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which keeps a running tally of mass shootings each year in the United States, “the United States is experiencing an average of around 20 mass shootings each year.” Mother Jones magazine even had an article last month, “A Guide to Mass Shootings in America.”
Yes, mass shootings occur in other countries as well. The Huffington Post’s Huff Post Crime section ran a piece, “Deadliest Mass Shootings Around The World.” Remember what happened in Norway last year.
Take the poll: Are random acts of mass violence something that Washingtonians think about? Worry about?