Alex Fleming never thought she would be a victim of gun violence−until she was struck by two bullets on her way to dinner.
“It’s just so scary,” Fleming told USA TODAY. “These mass shootings haven’t slowed down. If anything, they’ve ramped up and I know I’m more hyper aware after my incident, but it literally feels like every second of the day…you’re seeing another person dying of guns.”
There have been at least 236 mass shootings in the country so far this year, leaving 306 individuals dead and 938 injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit publicly sourced database that defines a mass shooting as at least four people struck by gunfire.
Despite the nation’s growing epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings, Congress has been slow to act – only passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the largest gun reform bill in three decades, last June after two deadly mass shootings.
Now, days after nation’s latest mass shooting at a suburban Texas outdoor mall and upon the first anniversary of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas – the second deadliest school shooting in the country’s history – some House Republicans are pushing legislation to repeal all recent bipartisan gun control measures.
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Nearly two years ago, Fleming was struck by two bullets – one piercing her lung, the other grazing her liver – in a drive-by shooting that left her in the hospital for two weeks. The shooting happened on her way to meet a friend for dinner, walking along a route she routinely traveled to Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C.