For the first time since 2006, the year they started collecting dataUSA Today reports that four mass murders have occurred within a four day span – read the full article here.

Nineteen people were killed during four separate incidents between October 26-29. Guns were the weapon of choice in three of these horrific incidences and a knife was used in the fourth. Family members were the targets of three of the massacres and the assailant’s next-door-neighbors were the victims in the other.

Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, claims “Four mass killings within four days is unusual.” However, Duwe is unsure whether this streak is indicative of an overall increase in mass murders or if it is simply a random statistical anomaly.

Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, is disturbed by the fact that criminologists are so willing to dismiss the significance as happenstance. She claims, “The idea that it is not statistically significant to have 19 people die in a couple of days really tells you the enormity of this problem.”

CeaseFirePA is extremely concerned with the increasing prevalence of gun violence in the United States. How many more people need to be brutally murdered before common sense gun law legislation is enacted? Until laws are enacted that significantly alter our pro-gun culture, families will continue to be devastated by the untimely passing of loved ones due to gun violence.