Mass shootings at a record number 153 this year after a recent attack just outside of Washington D.C. A gunman opened fire early Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice. The shooter wounded at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican staffer and a pair of Capitol Hill police officers. The gunman was reportedly killed during the incident.
Update – – The Shooter has been identified as 66 year old James Hodgkinson.
Although mass shootings often serve as a catalyst for broader discussions about guns, they are just a small piece of the much bloodier tapestry of gun violence in the U.S.
Gun Violence Archive has verified nearly 7,000 gun deaths so far this year, not including suicides, as well as more than 13,000 injuries. The overwhelming majority of this bloodshed passes without much publicity outside of local news.