7 Shootings in 7 Days

Police and supermarket employees and customers flee yesterday's mass shooting in Boulder. Image: Matthew Jonas/MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera/Getty
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Police and supermarket employees and customers flee yesterday's mass shooting in Boulder. Image: Matthew Jonas/MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera/Getty

The US has endured a week of mass shootings from the March 16 shooting of 8 people in 3 Atlanta spas to yesterday’s Boulder, Colorado attack that left 10 people dead in a supermarket, CNN reports.
 
Most of the shootings don’t even make the national news, notes Al Tompkins in a Poynter Institute article. Yet shootings in the US increased nearly 50% in 2020, likely driven by the pandemic’s toxic fuel of unemployment, financial stress, and substance use issues.
 
More than half of the mass shootings in the first two-thirds of 2020 took place in majority-Black areas, The Trace reports—and men of color make up half of gun death victims in the US, despite making up just 6% of the population. 
 
And yet, prospects for gun safety legislation currently before the US Senate to pass appear dim—even though a majority of Americans want to see changes, like making it harder to buy a gun, notes Helaine Olen in a Washington Post commentary.

We live through horror after horror and little changes,” writes Olen of a country where firearms outnumber people.

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