Weapons: the internal enemy of the United States

According to Mother Jones there have been at least 81 public mass shootings in 33 U.S. states since 1982.

Fifty percent of the shootings happened in five states: California, Florida, Washington, Texas and Colorado. (Source: Mother Jones)
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After the attack at the gay bar Pulse in Orlando in which 50 people were killed, Mother Jones, a nonprofit news organization, created a data base of mass shootings in the United States resulting in four or more victims killed. 

According to Mother Jones there have been at least 81 public mass shootings in 33 U.S. states since 1982. Fifty percent of the shootings happened in five states: California, Florida, Washington, Texas and Colorado.

Most of the attackers were men, with the exception of three shootings in California in Goleta, Alturas and San Bernardino in which a woman took part. The average age of the killers was 35, though the youngest among them was 11 years old.

The Second Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted on December 15, 1971, protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It is calculated that there are around 270 million weapons in the hands of civilians in the United States, the country with more weapons per inhabitant.
Even people with a record of domestic violence and drug addiction have easy access to them. According to Mother Jones, a majority of the attackers were mentally troubled. 

Of the 143 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally. The arsenal included dozens of assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns with high-capacity magazines. 

More than half of the cases involved school or workplace shootings (12 and 20, respectively); the other 30 cases took place in locations including shopping malls, restaurants, and religious and government buildings.

Since 1998 the National Rifle Association, an American nonprofit organization which advocates for gun rights, has donated US$3.78 million to congressmen, but only 42 of 100 have admitted receiving donations from the NRA.

 

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