We are living in the era of “guns everywhere” and “guns to kill” narratives.
But the truth is, a majority of Americans are buying guns for home defense and self-defense, and only a few of these are carrying them into the home to be used in mass murder.
Here’s what that means for us.
Gun owners and gun rights advocates are often quick to dismiss gun owners’ concerns about the growing availability of guns, as if we’re all just waiting to see a wave of mass shootings.
But mass shootings are on the rise, and the numbers are on their side.
For instance, in the United States in 2015, the mass shooting death toll climbed to 717, the deadliest year in American history.
At that time, there were only 962 mass shootings in the entire United States, which would put the United Kingdom on pace to see 856 mass shootings this year.
And in 2016, there was only one such mass shooting in the U.S., when a man shot five people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people.
These shootings aren’t happening in isolation, as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) notes, but are part of a broader trend that is taking place.
The UNODC says the total number of mass murders since 1993 has grown by an average of 12 percent per year.
That’s a lot of murders.
In fact, it’s more than the number of people killed by every single year since World War II.
The US has witnessed a 20 percent increase in mass murders over the last 15 years, according to the UNODCS.
And according to a 2014 study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, there are now more than 200,000 guns in the hands of U.