Halfway through year, America has already seen at least 309 mass shootings

Mass shootings happen in the U.S. with depressing regularity. The nation has seen at least 11 mass shootings since the start of July, with the latest on Monday at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Ill. At least six people were killed in the shooting; approximately two dozen others were taken to the hospital, according to preliminary reports.

Monday is day 185 of the year, and the country has already experienced at least 309 mass shootings so far. At least 309 in just over 26 weeks. This averages out to more than 11 a week.

The tally comes from the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection organization. The group defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, excluding the shooter…

The massacres don’t come out of nowhere, says Mark Follman, who has been researching mass shootings since 2012, when a gunman killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

“This is planned violence. There is, in every one of these cases, always a trail of … behavioral warning signs,” he told NPR…

“The general public views mass shooters as people who are totally crazy, insane. It fits with the idea of snapping, as if these people are totally detached from reality.”

That’s not the case, he said. There’s “a very rational thought process” that goes into planning and carrying out mass shootings.

Personally, I think violence, especially gun violence, plays an idolized role in American history. Not as inspiration. Frequent public reference, a certain amount of cultural adulation for the shooter takes care of that. And we live in the belly of one of the most violent political entities in world history.

Random acts of murder and violence have always been justified in every corner of government in the GOUSA … or wherever else on this planet we choose to roam. Just sayin’.