By now, you’ve probably heard about the Orlando gunman who opened fire in a gay nightclub early on Sunday.
There are plenty of other people, some more serious than he, who may have been killed in the attacks, but you probably haven’t heard of the dozens of others who have been wounded or injured by gunfire in the past 24 hours.
What you may not know is that in the wake of the Orlando attack, Florida is seeing a rash of assaults and robberies in the Sunshine State.
While the Sunshine has some of the lowest rates of gun violence in the country, many of the attacks are occurring in the midst of an economic boom.
This has created a climate in which the police are struggling to find the right balance between protecting the public and keeping citizens safe.
So what do you do when you’re in the middle of an attack?
Here are a few things you need to know about Florida’s unique shooting culture.
Shooting at the Wrong Time of Day Many Florida cities and towns have the distinction of having one of the most active shooting seasons in the nation.
The city of Daytona Beach, for instance, has seen more than 300 shootings this year.
In some areas, such as West Palm Beach, shooting season has even extended past Christmas.
But in the Miami area, for example, shooting is a time for families to gather to celebrate the birth of a child.
And that’s when things get a little out of hand.
The Miami Herald reports that on Christmas Eve, an off-duty police officer spotted two women walking through a busy shopping mall.
The officers stopped the women and arrested them on charges of aggravated battery.
According to the Miami Herald, one of them allegedly told the officers: “You just shot my child, baby.”
The other woman allegedly told officers: I didn’t do nothing.
The women’s attorney said they’re “not guilty” of any crime.
In a statement, the Daytona Beach Police Department said: We believe these two individuals have been charged with aggravated battery for the incident that occurred on December 12.
The incident was a misunderstanding.
We have taken these actions to protect our community and our officers from unnecessary risk.
But if you’re going to take a chance and take someone’s life, you should also take precautions, especially if it’s the right time of day.
Shooting and Gunfights are a Trend But you may be surprised to learn that the Sunshine state has been seeing a sharp uptick in gun violence over the past few months.
On Sunday morning, an armed man walked into a nightclub in the small Florida city of Pensacola, where a gun battle between a group of men and police erupted into a melee that left one officer dead.
The gunman then reportedly took his own life, according to the local media.
On Monday, a man in his early 20s was shot to death by police in Daytona Beach.
The Orlando attack is believed to have been inspired by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
But there’s no indication that the Pulse attack was the cause of the recent shooting spree in Florida.
Instead, some believe the attack was inspired by a group in the state calling themselves the Sunshine Patriots, who recently took up arms against police.
This is the group that claimed responsibility for an attack at the Miami International Airport last week that left four police officers dead and two civilians wounded.
The group also posted photos of themselves with weapons and the Florida Panthers, who were playing in the city of Tampa when they were attacked.
In response, police in Tampa said they have seen a significant uptick in crime, particularly gun violence.
A report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week found that since January 1, 2017, there has been a 33% increase in the number of shootings in the Tampa Bay area.
Florida is a ‘Deadly Territory’ If you’re driving through the Sunshine and thinking, ‘Hey, maybe I’ll go out on a weekend for a night on the town,’ you’re not alone.
The state has some the highest rates of accidental firearm deaths in the United States, according the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
That’s not just a statistic, either: Between 2001 and 2015, the number and severity of fatal firearm injuries in Florida increased from a total of 532 to 1,099.
The numbers aren’t all bad, however.
For one, in 2016, Florida recorded the lowest rate of suicides among the 50 states.
In fact, a study released in 2016 by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health found that while suicide is a leading cause of death among people aged 15-24 in Florida, the state has the lowest suicide rate of any state.
And even though the state doesn’t have a gun-free-zone law, there are plenty who feel they have no choice but to use guns in order to survive in the tough Florida climate.
For those who do, it’s a matter of survival.