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May 29, 2014|
For every one person killed in a mass shooting in the United States, nearly 100 people are killed during individual shootings, which are not reported by the national news media, an American political analyst says.
The recent shooting rampage near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) that left several students dead and wounded was a “tragedy,” said Carla Howell, the executive director for the Libertarian National Committee in Washington.
Yet, in the week prior to the recent shooting spree in Isla Vista, California, there were at least 80 individual gun-related deaths across the country, Howell noted, citing a Huffington Post analysis of local news reports.
“For every one person who is killed in a mass shooting, there are almost 100 people who are murdered individually or in smaller numbers that the national news media does not cover,” she told Press TV on Wednesday.
“Mass shootings are a big problem, but all murders are a much, much bigger problem,” Howell said as she attributed the high rate of homicides in the US to the war on drugs and the country’s gun laws.
The father of one the university students killed in the recent mass shooting has criticized US politicians and Congress for their inaction regarding the rising gun violence in the country.
Richard Martinez – Christopher Michaels-Martinez's father – said the American people have become too used to mass killings. "It's almost become a normal thing for us to accept this," he said addressing tens of thousands of mourners gathered at UCSB to remember the six victims.
Police say the 22-year-old shooter, Elliot Rodger who was a student at UCSB, legally owned three handguns and used at least one of them to kill three students before committing suicide.
Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the United States. The year 2012 was a record setting year for gun sales in the US. About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the United States at a cost of 2 to 3 billion dollars.