According to former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt, who was just interviewed by reporters in the wake of today's elementary school shooting in Connecticut, there are 20 mass shootings per year in the US, on average. Let's take a look at a year of lax gun laws in the US:

December 14, 2012: At least 27 dead, approximately 18 of whom were children in a Connecticut elementary school.

December 11, 2012: One injured, two killed at a mall by gunman in Clackamas, OR.

December 8, 2012: Four killed and two injured on the Tule Indian Reservation including the shooter's three children, only one of whom survived the initial attack.

September 28, 2012: Five killed by a recently fired employee in Minneapolis, MN.

August 24, 2012: Two killed, nine wounded in 'Empire State Building' shooting.

August 5, 2012: Seven killed in Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, WI.

July 20, 2012: 12 killed and 58 wounded in Aurora, CO.

May 30, 2012: Five killed, one wounded in mass shooting at Cafe Racer.

April 3, 2012: Seven killed, three injured in Oakland's Oikos University.

March 31, 2012: Two killed and 12 injured in a shooting outside Miami funeral home.

March 2, 2012: 14 injured in a mass shooting at concert in Tempe, AZ.

February 27, 2012: Five shot, three dead in a Chardon, OH school.

February 21, 2012: Four killed in a Korean Spa shooting in Atlanta, GA.

December 25, 2011: Seven killed in Grapevine, TX on Christmas Day.

December 1, 2011: Four killed in Bay City, TX mass shooting.

Meanwhile in China today, where guns are tightly regulated and not available to the public at large, a man wielding a knife allegedly stabbed 22 children, none of whom died.