ENOUGH ALREADY: Illinois Independence Day Shooting Was Nation’s 309th Mass Shooting THIS YEAR

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Think the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, yesterday was an outlier? Think again. It was but one of 309 mass shootings that have taken place in the U.S. in 2022 alone.

Data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive shows that there are an average of 11 mass shootings each week, with a mass shooting classified as when four or more people, not including the shooter, are shot or killed.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker had this to say following the shooting: “It is devastating that a celebration of America was ripped apart by our uniquely American plague.”

“It’s the Fourth of July, a day for reflection on our freedoms,” he continued. “Our founders carried muskets, not assault weapons, and I don’t think a single one of them would have said that you have a constitutional right to an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine or that that is more important than the right of the people who attended this parade today to live.”

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  1. What’s the problem? Keep selling military style weapons to 18 year olds, don’t have universal background checks, have high capacity magazines…

  2. The commenter “rt” knows not of what he speaks. Illinois has all the above. No law currently on the books or proposed by the legislature would have prevented that shooting. “rt”, you ought to learn something before spouting off. Try googling ‘Illinois firearms laws’.

  3. Restore Republicans to the White House as well as to both houses, and subject all shooters to automatic death penalty with own shogun, in public views for all Americans to witness swift full unadulterated justice

  4. Is there also a count of all the successes? all the times a good guy saved his life or the life of others with a gun? Do they even report it nationally?
    I think the best solution is, anyone who shoots random people should get a special death through great televised torture. That should knock it down at least 90%!

  5. It might be possible to correlate the growing illegal immigrant population with the rising gun homicide rates. I would say even the legal immigration from the south caused it. Just look at the gun homicide rates in Guatemala and other hispanic countries. To say that aspect of their culture did not travel along with the 30 million people is preposterous.

  6. “This is the small sacrifice we need to make to protect our right to bear arms, otherwise, this country will be run over by tyranny” This foolish belief has infected the frum community where people are rushing to buy a handgun not knowing the risks involved. No citizen in a democratic country with the number of wackos living here should be allowed to own an AR-15 style gun. Period. Eisav has a hard enough time dealing with Retzicha without a gun, don’t make his job so much easier. Gun ownership has become a religion in this country though it doesn’t make you any safer to own one.

  7. Arizona,

    That is the point. We need new stricter laws in the US against gun ownership , open gun carry, gun purchasing, background checks , military style rifles , etc …

  8. MDshweks, are you aware of any instance where a civilian good guy with an AR15 or similar weapon stopped a bad guy with a gun and saved lives? These weapons aren’t exactly what someone keeps at home for self protection. Is there any legitimate reason for civilians to own such weapons?

  9. Yawn.
    In other news:
    At least 10 people were killed and 62 others were wounded by gunfire over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.

    Twelve of the wounded were shot in three attacks on the West and South sides: Four people in West Garfield Park Friday evening, five men in Parkway Gardens on the South Side early Monday, and three people in Woodlawn early Tuesday.

    At least 16 other people were shot, two fatally, in a violent eight-hour span late Saturday into early Sunday in the city, according to Chicago police.

    Shhh. This doesn’t fit the democrats narrative. We’ve got to concentrate on whitey. We’ve got to stay focused on systemic racism and Jan 6th.

  10. NGI,

    Most of us can spot the differences between crime in West Garfield Park, Parkway Gardens, Woodlawn and a mass shooting incident at a July 4th parade in Highland Park from a mile away.

    If you are not from Chicago, then maybe the analogy is comparing homicide in Bed-Stuy to a mass shooting in Cobble Hill.

    Or comparing crime in Rammallah to a mass shooting in Rehavia Jerusalem.

  11. You don’t need to be a gaon to understand why weak gun safety laws are positively correlated with high gun violence rates. Mississippi, for example, has the weakest laws and by far the highest gun violence rates. Massachusetts, New York, and Hawaii have among the strongest laws and the lowest gun violence rates. Of course this doesn’t mean that every person in Mississippi wants to kill someone with a gun, or that bad guys in New York can’t get guns, but of course these differences in law have their impact. If guns were extremely difficult or impossible to buy or obtain, of course gun violence would be much lower. If the US government shipped a gun and ammo to every citizen (next NRA platform!), of course gun violence would be much higher. Duh.

  12. There goes a Yeshiva World copy and pasting “news” again. The organization providing the “mass shooting” numbers is including gang shootings…..gangs shooting other gangs. This is 98% of the “mass shootings”. Do a little homework.

  13. Is no one here using their heads??

    How many of these “mass” shootins were with legally obtained guns??

    We all know less than 5%. This is just senstational. Gun Legislation will not bring this number down!

  14. @yaakovdoe
    here in Israel I know a couple of people who were personally involved in shootings.

    In one case, he saw a terrorist attacking someone from across the street and were able to shoot the terrorist before the victim was stabbed to death.
    He told me that had he only had his pistol on him, he would not have been able to hit the terrorist. But because he had his semi-automatic rifle (I don’t remember which type), since he was on his way to lead a tour group, he managed to save the victims life.

    I remember hearing about a case in Florida a couple of years ago where a couple of armed robbers broke into someone’s home in the middle of the night.
    The owner got into a gun fight with them, and killed one and wounded the other one enough to neutralize him.
    It took him multiple bullets to beat the robbers.

    There was also a case a couple of years ago in Kenosha, when Kyle Rittenhouse survived probably solely because of his rifle.
    He probably would not have been able to escape his first attacker,, and for sure after the mob turned on him he would have been a goner, had he not had a powerful rifle that could load bullets fast and shoot with high accuracy. If he had needed to defend himself with a pistol, Idoubt if he would have survived.

    The other major point- how many people have had their lives saved because they haven’t needed to use their AK-47, since the bad guys didn’t want to engage them?
    This is a point often misunderstood- most guns are effective as deterrents.
    It’s not a question of how many times they were used defensively, but how many times they prevented needing to be used at all.
    I’ve seen various reports estimate between 200,000-2,000,000 incidents a year in the US (these are rough estimates since there isn’t concrete evidence; but it’s a lot.)

  15. Banning/confiscating guns always ends poorly with defenseless Jews. Ho learn our history, and stop being silly little sheep.

  16. Just to let all your Americans know, the rest of the world have figured out how to prevent the vast majority of mass shootings (in most cases, ban the majority of guns). It may be worth learning something from others.

  17. This is a pack of lies. Gun Violence Archive is a dishonest partisan organization, not a neutral collector of facts. The definition of a mass shooting is four or more people killed by one shooter. GVA dishonestly counts gang shootouts in order to inflate the numbers.

    The dishonest yaacov doe claims “These weapons aren’t exactly what someone keeps at home for self protection. Is there any legitimate reason for civilians to own such weapons?” That is just an absolute lie. AR-15s are exactly what many people keep at home for protection. They are civilian weapons. There is no reason why the military would have such weapons, and indeed it doesn’t! The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s the most suitable rifle for most families that want one. It can be used by children and small-framed women. The stock is adjustable so everyone in the family can use the same one, and you don’t have to buy a separate one for each person. It’s good for home defense against multiple attackers, which is always something that might be needed, and it’s good for hunting small game and for target shooting. It’s modular, so you can add attachments for other purposes; for instance in its standard configuration it’s underpowered for deer hunting, but if you want to use it for deer you can modify it to use more powerful ammunition.

  18. More crimes are prevented every year by armed would-be victims, than are committed by armed criminals.

    And that is true for AR-15s as well. More crimes are prevented with them than are committed with them. Of course both numbers are very low, but the first number is greater than the second.

    It is very rare for a crime to be committed with an AR-15, or indeed with any kind of rifle. Rifles are not usually criminals’ weapon of choice. In fact more people are killed without any weapon at all than with a rifle of any kind, including AR-15.