United States tops 500 mass shootings in 2023 (includes video story)

The mass shooting count in the United States reached 500 in 2023 after four people were wounded in Denver on Sept. 16.

Bela Urbina, a 2020 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, survived the Parkland shooting in 2018. Her memory of the Valentine’s Day massacre is a startling reminder of nationwide gun violence.

“People should not be obsessed with an amendment,” Urbina said. I have always found it really weird.

“Yes, you should have guns; you should be able to protect yourself, but to commit a mass shooting…There is clearly something wrong,” she said.

President Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the first federal gun violence protection office. The White House intends to take action to prevent the loss of more lives from a shooting.

Alexandra Howard is a senior pursuing a dual degree in digital journalism and political science. She intends to later graduate from law school and become an immigration lawyer and political journalist.