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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 2020. In over a dozen cities, homicides rose by 50 % or extra this yr. “It’s very seemingly that these will increase are bigger than any on file,” mentioned one criminologist:
From Oakland to Chicago to New York Metropolis, homicides and shootings crept towards — and generally 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: Hundreds of communities, households, and fogeys like Foster compelled to handle horrible voids — and saddled with the data that at any second, extra gunfire may tear open new ones.
In the meantime, different sorts of crime resembling housebreaking, larceny, and drug offenses declined throughout the nation.
Whereas practically each sort of gun violence spiked this yr, mass shootings confirmed a very steep improve. Despite the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, the variety of shootings with 4 or extra victims exceeded any latest yr by greater than 50 %. […]