Thousand Oaks makes 307 mass shootings in 311 days


When the thunder of gunfire broke through the revelry of a country music dance hall packed with young people kicking back on “college night,” Thousand Oaks, California, added its name to a dark roster: The site of the 307th mass shooting in the U.S. this year.

And an even grimmer statistic was marked: The 307th mass shooting took place on the 311th day of the year – an average of a deadly incident almost every day so far this year.

The Wednesday night massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill, which left 13 people dead, including the gunman, became the nation’s latest mass shooting, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a not-for-profit organization that provides online public access to information about gun-related violence.

In all, 328 people died in those incidents, and 1,251 were injured, according to the data. The numbers include incidents in which four or more people were shot or killed, not including the shooters, according to the archive.

The rampage also came during three weeks of hate and terror that have jolted the country: a bloodbath at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 elderly people dead and a series of 16 pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats, CNN and critics of President Donald Trump.

The incident was also the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. in 2018 since 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at a Parkland, Florida, school on Valentine’s Day.

That shooting galvanized a student-led anti-gun movement that turned young people into activists. Just 24 hours before the spree in Thousand Oaks, Parkland survivors had celebrated the toppling of some NRA-backed candidates in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Thursday morning, one of those students, Cameron Kasky, 17, lamented the pain of witnessing more bloodshed:

“The Mayor of Thousand Oaks is completely right,” Kasky tweeted. “No community is truly safe from these mass shootings. We’ve seen this far too many times. How many anomalies are there going to be? How many times are we going to here (hear) “nobody would’ve thought it would happen here?”

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