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Most of these Americans died silently in 2019

US media reported on December 28 that since the beginning of 2019, 4 deaths in the United States have reached a record high, most of which were caused by shootings.

Except for a few of these incidents, most did not receive attention.

【tip of the iceberg】

According to data collected by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, there were 41 mass deaths and homicides in 2019, the highest since the three agencies began recording such incidents in 2006. At the same time, compared with other similar research data, the number in 2019 is the highest since the 1970s.

Mass deaths and homicides refer to the death toll of 4 or more, excluding killers. In 2019, 211 people were killed in such incidents, but the number of injured is incomplete.

The Associated Press reported that, except for individual incidents in public places, the majority of deaths and homicides did not become national news and did not attract public attention.

Nine incidents occurred in public places and others occurred at home or at work. Most incidents occurred between people who knew each other, related to family disputes, gang killings, and venting anger to colleagues.

On the 19th day of 2019, in the first mass death and homicide, a 42-year-old man killed his mother, stepfather, girlfriend, and September-old daughter, an adult and a The 8-year-old girl managed to escape. There have been 18 such killings of family members this year.

[Gun "Protagonist"]

Of the 41 incidents, 33 were firearms.

The most deadly shootings occurred on August 3, at a Wal-Mart supermarket in El Paso, Texas. A gunman killed 22 people and injured more than 20 others.

Just a dozen hours later, a gunman opened fire on a bar street in Dayton, Ohio, killing 9 people and wounding more than 20 others.

The number of mass deaths and homicides in 2019 was the largest, but the number of deaths was less than the 224 deaths in 2017 because of the group deaths and homicides with the largest number of casualties in modern American history that year. A gunman fired at the crowd at the Open Air Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding 851.

[Invincible]

In 2019, nearly half of all U.S. states have had at least one mass death and homicide, including not only large cities such as New York, but also small places such as Elkmont, Alabama.

Twenty-eight days after the El Paso supermarket shooting, a gunman fired while driving in Odessa, Texas, killing seven people. Daniel Munoz survived that incident.

Muñoz said that El Paso's shooting disturbed him, fearing the same thing anytime, anywhere. He called his mother and wanted her to keep a gun at home or carry it with her for self-defense. He also called friends and told them to take a gun to defend themselves when they went to the supermarket.

"You can't keep yourself safe at all times. As soon as El Paso's shooting happens, I start to be vigilant." He told the Associated Press. However, he was not allowed to hold a gun because he had committed a crime.

On August 31, while driving with his friends in the meeting, Munoz encountered the most worrying thing. He saw a man approaching by car and waving a gun. "My worst nightmare has become a reality," he said. "I was caught in a shootout, but I couldn't defend myself."

Munoz instinctively ducked to avoid, bullets left multiple bullet holes in his car, one of which was in the headrest of the passenger seat.

Muñoz escaped and was wounded in the shoulder by fragments of bullets. The socially eager 28-year-old has been away from crowded places for months, minimizing social activities. He is still driving the car with a lot of bullet holes, and the door says: "Evidence." (Hui Xiaoshuang) (Xinhua News Agency special feature)


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