The United States of America has been plagued with the problem of gun violence since its foundation in 1776. According to available reports, gun violence was the leading cause of death for children 19 and younger in 2020.
The July 4, Independence Day shooting which left at least six people dead and several others injured in Chicago brings to 309 the number of mass shootings in the United States this year.
Here is a quick timeline of six major gun violence in the United States:
January 23: Six people are found shot dead during a welfare check on a home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murders, in which appeared to be a robbery gone wrong.
April 3: Six people are killed in an apparent gun battle that erupted as nightclubs were emptying in downtown Sacramento, the state capital of California.
May 14: A white teenage gunman kills 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
May 24: Nineteen young children and two teachers are killed when a teenage gunman goes on a shooting rampage at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas — America’s worst school shooting in a decade.
June 1: A man who blamed a surgeon for pain he suffered after back surgery storms into a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and fatally shoots four people including the doctor.
July 4: At least six people are killed when a gunman armed with a high-powered rifle opens fire at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.