Opinion: We Need to Reform the Reality of Gun Violence in America

Opinion: We Need to Reform the Reality of Gun Violence in America

A man holds a gun in both hands. As media coverage has shifted to giving the latest updates on COVID-19, awareness surrounding gun violence in America has fallen despite mass shootings rising (Photo via Wikimedia Commons). With most of the country in lockdown last year, gun violence seemed to be at a low for the U.S. The switch to remote learning eliminated the possibility of school shootings, which usually draw immediate and national attention, and news sources worked to provide around-the-clock updates on COVID-19. Perhaps unintentionally, mass shootings were given minimal attention. This lack of coverage translated to lack of awareness. In the era of COVID-19, gun violence became a secondary priority as media outlets rushed to push out the latest news on the virus. As a result, many have been disillusioned to believe that gun violence has disappeared. In reality, the opposite is true. Recent data from the Gun Violence Archive shows that the number of multiple-victim shootings spiked last April and has been high since. Evidence for increased gun sales at the start of the pandemic might serve as a partial explanation. In March 2020, the FBI conducted more than 3.7 million background checks for individuals purchasing firearms. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have already been 163 mass shootings this year, and more than 13,000 lives have been lost. Just two weeks ago, America mourned the loss of eight people who were killed in a shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Days later, a […]

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