UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Over 40 massacres were committed in the United States over the past year , a record high in 50 years, USA Today reports.
According to a database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, in 2019, 41 massacres were committed in the United States, killing four or more people.
Of these, in 33 cases, criminals used firearms. As a result, the total number of victims this year was 210 people.
Moreover, as the newspaper notes, most of these killings were not covered by the media at the national level, since they were not committed in public places.
Also, most of the incidents were related to family quarrels, drugs and banditry, as well as people dissatisfied with something who directed their aggression to colleagues or relatives.
In addition, according to the publication, often law enforcement agencies could not find out what exactly prompted people to commit massacres.
The murders with the highest number of victims were committed in California, the state where one of the most stringent weapons laws is in force, the newspaper writes.
Previously, the largest number of massacres was recorded in 2006. Then there were 38 cases.
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