Ren Kurgis (left) and Jessie Pacheco pay their respects to victims of the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs


  • Data from the Gun Violence Archive showed an increasing number of mass shootings annually since 2019
  • President Joe Biden renewed his disdain against easy access to semiautomatic rifles after recent gun incidents
  • The U.S. witnessed other mass shooting incidents in Colorado and Virginia

The U.S. has recorded over 600 mass shooting incidents for three consecutive years.

Data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), an online trove of gun violence incidents in the U.S., showed there had been 609 mass shootings in 2022 alone.

The Hill reported that the country is on pace to reach around 675 incidents by the end of the year.

"The country is three mass shootings away from 2022 being the second-highest yearly total since we began tracking data," GVA database researchers said.

Since 2019, the country has seen an increasing number of mass shootings yearly.

In 2021, the U.S. reported 690 incidents, 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.

More data from GVA showed this year, the average number of mass shootings per day in the country is at 1.68.

This year, the country recorded 39,816 gun-related deaths, a gruesome reminder of the never-ending gun violence.

The grim statistics of gun violence came after President Joe Biden condemned fresh mass shootings where assault weapons were used to shoot at civilians.

Biden again renewed his disdain against easy access to assault weapons.

"The idea (that) we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick, it's just sick. It has no social redeeming value, zero, none. Not a single, solitary rationale for it," Biden said, CNN reported.

Biden vowed to work with Congress to get rid of assault weapons.

"I'm going to try. I'm going to try to get rid of assault weapons," Biden said.

He is also open to pushing it even during the lame-duck session of the Democratic-led Congress before the Republicans take over the House of Representatives in January.

On Saturday, a 22-year-old gunman opened fire on a crowd inside an LGBT nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five people and injuring 25 others.

A police official told the Associated Press that the suspect used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

The shooting spree reportedly stopped after club patrons managed to subdue the suspect.

Another shooting incident happened on Wednesday in Chesapeake, Virginia when a grocery manager began firing his handgun during an employee meeting.

The Walmart manager killed six people and shot himself to death afterward.

Briana Tyler, a Walmart employee, told AP that the gunman was shooting his handgun throughout the room and stayed quiet during the incident.

Colorado Springs nightclub mass shooting