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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 p.c or extra this yr. “It’s very possible 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 many years of progress, and offers a prism for the intersecting crises that characterised 2020. Whereas researchers are nonetheless selecting over the causes, the results of the violence are plain: 1000’s of communities, households, and fogeys like Foster compelled to handle horrible voids — and saddled with the information 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 kind of gun violence spiked this yr, mass shootings confirmed a very steep enhance. 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. […]