Fact-check: How many mass shootings have occurred since Uvalde tragedy?

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By Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact Texas/Austin American-StatesmanJune 15, 2022 2:55 pm, ,

From PolitiFact Texas/Austin American-Statesman:

Since the tragedy in Uvalde, there have been other incidents of gun violence across the country in which a gunman shot multiple people.

Among those incidents: Four people were killed in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, medical center on June 1. One person was killed and seven were injured at an Oklahoma Memorial Day festival on May 29. Three people were killed and at least 11 people were injured in a popular area in Philadelphia on June 4.

Now, politicians are calling to attention how frequent gun violence is.

In a June 2 plea to the legislative branch to act on gun violence, President Joe Biden said, “Since Uvalde, just over a week ago, there have been 20 other mass shootings in America, each with four or more people killed or injured.”

Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut, who gave an impassioned speech asking Congress to do something in the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, tweeted: “FYI this isn’t stopping. There have been 18 mass shootings SINCE Uvalde. You need to know this. Because it’s not going to stop until we do something.”

Murphy followed with descriptions of some of the shootings and concluded with a final plea for readers to call their representative and senator.

Murphy highlighted this again on June 4: “Your morning reminder that in the 10 days since Uvalde, there have been 20 more mass shootings in the United States. In those 20 massacres, 91 were shot and injured and so far, 19 died.”

PolitiFact Texas looked into some of the data sources for gun violence and how different organizations define mass shootings.

Read the full story at the Austin American-Statesman, and listen to an interview with PolitiFact’s Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

Radio interview produced by Alexandra Hart.

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