The Thousand Oaks mass shooting makes it 307 mass shootings in 311 days in the United States of America.
A nonprofit called the Gun Violence Archive tracks shootings in the U.S. It reported that the Thousand Oaks shooting is the 307th mass shooting so far for 2018.
The statistics mean that almost one life-threatening event occurred per day in the last 311 days. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as "four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location."
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The 307th mass shooting in America is the Thousand Oaks shooting. The Wednesday night shooting took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill. A former Military man opened fire on students and killed twelve people before he died as well.
"The #ThousandOaks shooting late Wednesday night was the 307th mass shooting this year. Wednesday was the 311th day of the year." ~@emilygbrown
Outraged by the statistics, many people have called for more gun control laws. One user expressed their frustration in a succinctly worded tweet that shows people's frustration at the lack of government response to the shootings.
He said, " *Shooting happens * "Thoughts and Prayers" *Battle over gun control* *Arguing gets nowhere* *We move on* *Rinse and repeat*"
Many people angrily pointed out that California has a law that could have helped prevent the situation on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it is not implemented often enough.
The law is designed to help police or family members keep guns out of the hands of at-risk individuals. The law that can temporarily bar an at-risk person from owning guns was passed four years ago after a mass shooting.
The recent shooting bore disturbing similarities to the mass shooting from 2014. In both shootings, the police had been in contact with the suspect long before the shooting occurred.
And while they determined that the shooters did not meet the criteria to be involuntarily detained for mental health reasons. However, experts question why the gun control law had not been implemented in this case anyway.
"Mental illnesses didn’t shoot & kill 12 people in #ThousandOaks last night. A man with a gun did. Im sick of people using mental illness as a scapegoat, which further stigmatizes those of us that struggle with it. It’s lazy & dishonest." ~@kharyp
Overall, the Gun Violence Archive says that more than 12,000 people have died from gun-related violence this year. 24,000 people were injured due to gun-related violence.