Gun control, as urgent now as ever

Gun control, as urgent now as ever

Photos and notes adorn a wall at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden honoring victims of the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas shooting in which 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. There are no school shootings on Zoom. And no live music means no cold-blooded massacres of concertgoers. But the fact that those ghastly paroxysms of death and despair have gone silent over the last year of pandemic shutdowns doesn’t mean that the everyday horror of gun violence in America has. Indeed, meaningful gun control cannot become an afterthought for President Biden and congressional leaders — and the current disarray within the gun-rights community provides a unique political opportunity to restrict access to deadly weaponry. The number of gun deaths in the United States actually rose in some cities in 2020, despite pandemic restrictions that kept schools and businesses closed and reduced the number of mass-shooting deaths . Missouri had what is believed to be its deadliest year for gun violence ever . Philadelphia had twice as many shootings as in 2015 . Baton Rouge had its most deadly year ever . Nonfatal shootings also rose. Gun assault rates were up 8 percent among 34 cities studied by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice , even as crimes like burglary declined drastically. In broad strokes, Congress and President Biden know what they need to do to stop the bleeding — and have known for […]

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