March for Our Lives in protest against gun violence in New York City in March 2018.
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Champe Barton, Brian Frescoes, and Daniel Nass write at The Trace –A historic surge in gun violence exacerbates 2020 trauma. Murders rose 50 percent or more in over a dozen cities that year. "It is very likely that these increases are greater than any recorded," said one criminologist:
From Oakland to Chicago to New York City, murders and shootings crept to all-time highs – and sometimes exceeded them. The sudden upturn reversed decades of progress and provides a prism for the overlapping crises that marked 2020. While researchers are still puzzling over the causes, the consequences of the violence are clear: forced thousands of communities, families, and parents like Foster to deal with terrible loopholes – saddled with the knowledge that more shots could open up any moment.
Meanwhile, other types of crime such as burglary, theft and drug offenses declined across the country.
While almost every type of gun violence has increased this year, Mass shootings showed a particularly steep increase. Despite the social isolation caused by the pandemic, the number of shootings with four or more victims last year was more than 50 percent higher than last year. […]