December 14, 2013 3:21 pm -

It’s obvious we live in a sick gun culture not shared with other civilized nations when you look at the bare numbers.

Twenty-three mass shootings have occurred in the US in the year since the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, leaving more than 100 dead across 17 states…

While there is no official definition for a mass shooting in US law, the FBI defines a mass murder as the killing of four or more people without an extended period of “cooling-off” by the perpetrator. This interactive applies that FBI definition but restricted to gun violence.

These parameters mean that some high-profile incidents in 2013 don’t classify, including the incident at LAX airport on 1 November in which one person was killed and three more were injured.

The state with the highest number of mass shootings and deaths in the past year was Texas, with a total of 17 people dying in four separate incidents, excluding the perpetrators. The second highest number was in Oklahoma, where 12 people died in three separate incidents.

Texas and Oklahoma are two of the shrinking number of states that impose and use the death penalty. So, to argue that it’s a deterrent to crime is belied by these numbers.