There Have Been More Mass Shootings in the U.S. in 2017 Than Days

A Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a Colt .45 semi-auto handgun, a Walther PK380 semi-auto handgun and a copy of the U.S. Constitution rest on top of the American flag. Getty Images

Yet another American community is reeling from a horrifying, fatal act involving a firearm.

On Monday, a gunman opened fire in a public library in Clovis, New Mexico, killing two people and wounding four others.

In response to Monday's shooting, Clovis Mayor David Lansford said, "We've been hit hard. We're a community that will get back up, but right now we're hurting."

This incident marked the 244th mass shooting in 2017, according to Gun Violence Archive. To put this into perspective, we are 240 days into the year. In short, the U.S. has had more mass shootings than days in 2017.

Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which "four or more shot and/or killed in a single event, at the same general time and location not including the shooter."

Data from Gun Violence Archive also shows there have already been more than 10,000 gun deaths this year.

As of August 29, 2017, this year there have been:
-10,223 gun deaths
-20,530 gun injuries
-1,343 unintentional shootings
-244 mass shootings

— Gun Violence Archive (@GunDeaths) August 29, 2017

By this point in 2016, there had been 234 mass shootings in the U.S., according to Gun Violence Archive.

With fervent 2nd Amendment-supporting Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, it's unlikely we will see much legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the U.S. anytime soon. Even after a member of Congress was shot earlier this summer, the GOP has not appeared interested in addressing the issue with new restrictions.

But that doesn't necessarily mean the public isn't in favor of certain changes.

According to Pew Research Center, there is strong bipartisan support across America for policy proposals such as prohibiting individuals with mental illnesses from buying guns, barring gun purchases by people on federal no-fly or watch lists, and background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows.

Meanwhile, according to Pew, there are strong disagreements between Republicans and Democrats on issues like whether to let people carry concealed guns in more locations and to allow teachers and officials to carry guns in schools.