It took a little bit of searching, but, after spotting a graphic in the paper the other day about mass shootings in the U.S. going back just the last few years, a long-term graphic was located in this item posted over at Mother Jones.

Needless to say, it’s been quite a year and, after Friday’s shootings, we’re now sure to hear lots of debate on gun control/gun rights issues in 2013.

If mass shootings in the U.S. had dropped back down to the level of two years ago in 2012, then policy makers would likely have been able to avoid the debate that neither political party has seemed interested in lately, but, that’s clearly not been the case.