The five stabbed and wounded at Hanukah celebration in New York City and two others shot dead in Houston, Texas past Saturday has accentuated the violent 2019 that the U.S. has experienced.
Even though the country has become synonymous with mass shootings over the last two decades with gun violence frequently happening every year in various forms, this year has been exceptionally violent. So much so that the database compiled by The Associated Press (AP), USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there were more mass killings in 2019 than any year dating back to at least the 1970s, punctuated by a chilling succession of deadly rampages during the summer.
The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Virginia. Twenty-two more died at a Walmart in El Paso in August.