USA records over one daily mass shooting in 2019

Washington, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The United States recorded 382 mass shootings from the beginning of the year until today, a figure higher than the total of 2018 and equivalent to more than one daily case, according to data from the Archive of Armed Violence.

That nonprofit research group, which accounts for such crimes and other crimes and incidents related to firearms, defines mass shootings as events in which four or more people are killed or injured.

With the number of cases reported to date, in 2019 there is an average of 1.15 such attacks every day in the country, after a total of 337 events occurred in 2018, an average of 0.9.

Among all those attacks, 29 were mass murders -in which there was a balance of four or more fatalities- indicating that approximately every 12 days a crime of such dimensions takes place.

According to that source, there have been 13,734 deaths by firearms in the United States so far, -whether in mass shootings or other events- defensive use or involuntary incidents, which, together with 21,978 suicides, total 35 712 deaths caused by firearms.

These figures are even more alarming when it is observed that the deaths include 190 children from zero to 11 years and 698 adolescents from 12 to 17 years, in addition to the fact that in the first of these age groups there were 436 injured, and in the second two 95 thousand.

Given this panorama, calls of organizations and citizens in general to adopt measures that lead to greater control of weapons are increasing, in a territory where the right to carry these devices is recognized in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Extremely strong advocates of firearms, including conservative politicians and powerful lobby groups, oppose stricter regulations, arguing that armed violence is not motivated by the widespread presence of those artifacts.

But many voices believe that there is a direct link, because it is a country where it is estimated that the population of 327 million inhabitants has 46 percent of the nearly 857 million existing firearms in the orb in the hands of civilians. .

According to a report released in September by the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, a person in the United States is almost seven times more likely to die from a gunshot than someone in Canada; eight times more than in France; almost 20 times more than in Germany; and 40 times more than in the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

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4 Shot Dead While Watching Football Game In Backyard In California: Cops

Los Angeles: Four people were shot dead and six others wounded while watching a football game in the backyard of a central California home on Sunday, police said.

Police were called to the scene after at least one person opened fire into a crowd of about 35 people gathered outside the house in Fresno, around 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.

"Three people died on scene," Fresno deputy police chief Michael Reed told reporters, adding that a fourth was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and succumbed to his injuries there.

All four of the dead and the six treated for "non life-threatening" gunshot wounds were men aged between 25 and 35, Reed said.

"Our heart goes out to the families of the victims... this is senseless violence, he added.

"We are doing everything we can to bring the perpetrators to justice."

Reed said it was unclear how many perpetrators had been involved in the shooting and that there was "no indication" the incident was gang-related.

Police spokesman Bill Dooley said officers were looking for surveillance footage and witnesses to track the suspects.

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Shooting In Missouri Kills Three, Injures Two: Report

Three men were found shot to death and two wounded by gunfire late on Monday at a home on the north side of St Louis, Missouri, media said, citing police officials.

The police responding shortly before 9 pm arrived to find one victim on the porch and four inside, the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper said online.

All five were in their 20s or 30s, Police Chief John Hayden told the paper.

Three were found dead, and a fourth was barely breathing, with a gunshot wound to his head. The fifth victim, who had been shot in the leg, was breathing and conscious, the paper added.

There was no word on the circumstances of the shooting or whether police were hunting suspects.

Reuters could not immediately reach authorities to seek comment.

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Nearly 45,000 People Killed by Firearms in US in 2017

Washington, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 40,000 people were killed in United States last year by firearms, compared to 28,874 in 1999, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported.

A report from the CDC noted that that number includes suicides, which reached 23,854, the highest figure in 18 years, and homicides, which totaled 14,542.

The document stressed that the current rate of deaths by firearms is 12 per every 100,000 inhabitants, in contrast to 10.3 per 100,000 in 2007.

CNN quoted the text, which specified that last year's 39.773 deaths by firearms is a record since that data began to be collected in 1979.

Similar numbers were presented by the Education Fund to Stop Violence with Firearms a few days ago.

In response, the National Rifle Association, an organiztaion that supports US citizens' right to carry firearms, estimated on Twitter that the arms control is the the response to face that pandemic.

However, figures contradict that stance as in 2017 the US reported the highest rate of suicides with firearms in the states where arms possession rates are the highest in the country.

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Four people, including boy, killed in New York City shooting

(Reuters) - Four people, including a young boy, were shot and killed on Monday in a New York City apartment, police said.

Two females, one male and a boy, about five years old, were found dead from gunshot wounds inside the apartment in the borough of Queens, after police and emergency crews were called to the scene a little before 9 p.m., New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told a news conference.

Police are investigating if the shooting was a murder-suicide, Shea said.

“We will take the evidence where ever it leads us,” he said. “We don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”

 

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85% of world's 1bn firearms held by civilians, study shows

As many as 85 percent of the world's one billion legal and illicit firearms are held by civilians – far exceeding the number of those held by modern armed forces and law enforcement agencies, a Swiss-based think tank revealed.

There are roughly one billion firearms in the world, and the vast majority of them are in civilian – not military – hands, according to a new study by a think tank in Switzerland.

The Small Arms Survey, which provides research and expertise on weapons proliferation and armed violence, examined the ownership of automatic pistols and revolvers, rifles, carbines, assault rifles and sub- and light-machine guns, held by civilian, military and law enforcement entities.

 
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A total of 857 million firearms, both legal and illicit, are estimated to be held by civilians, including individuals, private security companies, non-state armed groups and gangs. The US topped the list of heaviest-armed nations, with its citizens possessing 393 million weapons. The figure means that there are roughly 121 guns for every 100 Americans.

Trailing far behind their American counterparts are Indians, who own 71 million guns, and the Chinese, who possess over 49 million firearms.

"The key to the United States, of course, is its unique gun culture," said Aaron Karp, the author of the study. Americans, the study notes, are inclined to own arms converted from military variants.

"As of 2016, 42.3 percent of hunters and shooters were reported owning at least one AR15 platform (M16-style rifle) or semi-automatic assault weapon such as AR15- or Kalashnikov-style rifle," it says.

Discussions about gun control, mental health, and law enforcement powers have dominated public discourse in the US from time to time, quickly becoming relevant in light of mass shootings or gun-related violence. Some observers raised concerns over easy access to civilian-issue weapons in the United States.

"It's insane, and you know, we license cars. You can't just get in a car and drive it," Dave Lindorff, an investigative journalist, told RT. "But you can get a gun and shoot it. You don't need any training, you don't need any licensing," he added, referring to the "nuttiness" of some state legislation allowing concealed carry.

Interestingly, the number of guns in military arsenals is far less impressive, the paper shows. Stockpiles belonging to armed forces in 177 countries contained at least 133 million firearms. Russia, China, North Korea, Ukraine and the US combined have the largest stockpiles of small arms.

The Russian military possessed the largest military firearms arsenal (30.3 million), but announced the disposal of over 10 million weapons back in 2010, including four million Kalashnikov assault rifles, the Small Arms Survey stressed.

READ MORE: US military spending grew for 1st time in 6 years in 2016 – study

Many military-owned firearms had made their way to non-state – and often illicit – markets, the researchers warned. Collapse of state authority, like the one that happened after the US-led 2003 invasion in Iraq, saw terrorist groupings seizing weapons from government arsenals.

Another 22.7 million firearms were held by law enforcement agencies worldwide, making up a tiny two percent of all small arms in the world. Whereas the US was dominant in civilian-gun ownership, the report said that the country was only fifth in law enforcement holdings, behind Russia, China, India and Egypt.

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USA: Concrete Jungle

Should there was any doubt, it has already vanished. United States has become an elegant jungle swarmed with millionaires, the bruised middle class and homeless people, among others.

In this regard. El Nuevo Herald columnist Guillermo Descalzi wrote on Monday that his government is characterized by its lavish indifference and fears an unbridled extreme right.

The latter includes, firstly, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The journalist added that politicians bow their heads before the National Rifle Association (NRA) “that has planted USD $23 billion for them since 1990 to provide its interests with shade”.

Institution has flatly refused to eliminate the Second Amendment to the 1791 Constitution that blesses guns purchase and possession.

Since 2013, there have been 291 school shootings and 18 so far this year.

Journalist and writer Guillermo Descalzi stresses that it is time to acknowledge that there are mental health patients who curiously go unnoticed, as well as that it is Hemingway’s time and to say farewell to arms.

He also pointed out that “action must be channeled in this Hemingwayesque country”.

It’s good to remember that during the 2016 elections Trump proclaimed himself a friend of the National Rifle Association, and assured he would protect its interests, as he has done so far.

That organization is one of the lobbies that manage real power in U.S., as it happens with the Jewish one and others.

One may ask: Who is to blame for the recent brutal killing of 17 teenagers in Florida?

The same individual who has defended to the death free sale of rifles and other weapons in US stores.

As well as those who, led by Donald Trump, have become champions of the sale and use of guns and powerful rifles in that country.

So, Nikolas Cruz is not the one who should be taken to the dock, but Donald Trump, firstly, and NRA’s executives, secondly.

 

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Fifty Religious Groups Demand Gun Control in U.S.

Washington, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) While the debate about gun control is still open in the United States today, local media published a letter in which 50 religious organizations demand that Congress take actions on gun violence.

The groups, which make up the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence Coalition, called for Congress to 'take immediate action to curb the onslaught of gun violence plaguing our nation.'

The coalition noted the shootings that have taken place at houses of worship in recent years, including the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2012.

In the letter, addressed to the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate and published on the website of The Hill, the groups noted, 'It is horrifying that innocents were massacred in a house of worship once again, a terrifying reality for all people of faith in this country who believe that their congregations are sanctuaries of peace, safety, life, and love.'

'We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our coalition's legislative priorities with you. All people in our beloved country deserve to feel safe in their houses of worship and their communities; inaction is immoral and wrong,' says the letter.

In the document, the groups called on Congress to take action to close loopholes that allow domestic violence offenders to own and buy guns, implement a universal background check system and pass an assault weapons ban, among other demands.

The letter on gun control was published when democrats and several social sectors are calling to take actions to prevent gun violence after the shooting in Texas and the worst shooting in U.S. history, as a result of which 58 people were killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1.

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