Yes, you read that right. The 45th mass shooting in America since March 16. (CNN defines a mass shooting as when four or more people — excluding the gunman — are wounded or killed.)
Here’s what that looks like on a US map.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” said President Joe Biden a week ago in announcing a series of executive orders on guns. “And it’s an international embarrassment.”
And yet, despite all of that, Congress continues to drag its feet on passing any sort of gun control measures.
“They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers, members of Congress, but they have passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence,” Biden said a week ago. “Enough prayers, time for some action.”
“When Congress does absolutely nothing, shooting after shooting, we become complicit in this slaughter. Our silence has been interpreted as endorsement.
“Now is the moment for Democrats and Republicans to come together and pass a bill that will save lives.”
What is crystal clear — no matter what party you belong to or whether you own a gun or not — is that 45 mass shootings in the space of a month means that we have a problem in this country. A problem that our government needs to find ways to address.