Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on August 5, 2019. However, its message—that gun violence is a public health crisis in America and must be addressed with swift gun control legislation—remains relevant. We are resurfacing it now in the wake of the shootings in Lewiston, Maine, on October 25, 2023.
The back-to-back massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in August 2019—which together left 29 people dead and another 53 injured—marked the 251st and 252nd mass shootings of the year in the United States. Since then, three more mass shootings that didn’t make the national news have occurred, according to the Gun Violence Archive (a nonprofit that tracks America’s gun violence statistics). Some perspective: Today is the 217th day of the year. A quick math equation reveals the awful truth: The United States is moving at the breakne