'Not too soon': Countdown clocks mark time passed since mass shootings

Sutherland Springs on Sunday joined a long list of American communities that have been the site of a mass shooting. 
On Monday, the New York Times’s editorial board responded to critics who discourage requests for gun legislation after mass shootings with an editorial titled “It’s Not Too Soon to Debate Gun Control.”

Officials named Devin Patrick Kelley as the suspected shooter who opened fire Sunday inside of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, which is a small town east of San Antonio. Authorities say 26 people were killed and more than 20 wounded. 

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The Times’ editorial board questions the response from lawmakers on gun issues, writing that “when Republican leaders have responded to past killings, their response was to block sensible, useful gun control. They should not be allowed to delay effective legislation any longer.”

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The board continues, “If it is too soon to respond to Sutherland Springs, is it too soon to respond to these?” 

From there, the editorial lists 14 notable mass shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, each with an interactive clock displaying how much time has passed since that shooting. 

Here are the shootings listed in the editorial, along with how many days have passed and the number of people killed:

  • Las Vegas: 35 days, 58 killed, more than 450 injured
  • Dallas: 486 days, 5 killed
  • Orlando: 512 days, 49 killed
  • San Bernadino, Calif.: 704 days, 14 killed
  • Colorado Springs, Co.: 710 days, 3 killed
  • Roseburg, Ore.: 767 days, 10 killed 
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.: 844 days, 5 killed
  • Charleston, S.C.: 872 days, 9 killed
  • Marysville, Wa. 1108 days, 4 killed
  • Isla Vista, Calif.: 1262 days, 6 killed
  • Fort Hood, Texas: 1313 days, 3 killed
  • Washington Navy Yard:  1512 days, 12 killed
  • Santa Monica, Calif.: 1612 days, 5 killed
  • Newtown, Conn.: 1788 days, 26 killed  

President Donald Trump commented on the Sutherland Springs shooting at a press conference during his trip to Japan saying, “We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn’t a guns situation.”

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