Guns in the US – level 3
More than 8,100 people were killed from gun violence in the first five months this year across the US, which is the deadliest record in the last two decades.
Data suggest that nearly 54 Americans lost their lives every day in shootings, which was 14 deaths more than the average number in the same period in the past six years. Meanwhile, the number of shootings that have killed or injured somebody in the January – May period has passed that of the same period last year, as more than 120 Americans were killed in shootings last weekend alone.
According to experts, several factors have been adding to the increase in gun violence, including very old inequality, increasing gun ownership, and a strained relationship between police and communities. Inequalities in the economy, healthcare, and social welfare are entrenched behind racial disparity in American society.
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