Mass shootings claimed the lives of 53 people in August alone, according to the New York Times. So far this year, according to the research group Gun Violence Archive, the United States has suffered more than one mass shooting per day, defined as an event in which four or more people are killed or wounded. The archive puts the death toll as of Sept. 3 at 313, but that figure includes domestic homicides and other killings. The toll, as of last week, according to the mass murder database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University, was 140, which equals last year’s total with nearly four months to go in 2019.
Despite the growing slaughter, Republicans, including New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, continue to oppose even modest gun-control legislation. Echoing the failing NRA, they repeat the slogan: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” How many people, however, depends on the gun.