Tuesday Night time Owls: Surge of gun violence added to the traumas of 2020

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March for Our Lives in protest of gun violence in New York Metropolis in March 2018.

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Champe Barton, Brian Freskos, and Daniel Nass at The Hint write—A Historic Surge in Gun Violence Compounds the Traumas of 2020In over a dozen cities, homicides rose by 50 p.c or extra this yr. “It’s very possible that these will increase are bigger than any on file,” stated one criminologist:

 From Oakland to Chicago to New York Metropolis, homicides and shootings crept towards — and typically exceeded — all-time highs. The sudden upswing reversed a long time of progress, and gives a prism for the intersecting crises that characterised 2020. Whereas researchers are nonetheless choosing over the causes, the results of the violence are plain: 1000’s of communities, households, and oldsters like Foster compelled to handle horrible voids — and saddled with the information that at any second, extra gunfire might tear open new ones.

In the meantime, different varieties of crime corresponding to housebreaking, larceny, and drug offenses declined throughout the nation.

Whereas practically each kind of gun violence spiked this yr, mass shootings confirmed a very steep improve. Regardless of the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, the variety of shootings with 4 or extra victims exceeded any current yr by greater than 50 p.c. […]