U.S. Gun Violence Rates Jumped 30% During Pandemic

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  • 22, 2021 — Gun violence sky-rocketed by more than 30% across the United States during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Almost 39,000 injuries and deaths nationwide involved a gun in the year starting in February 2019 — and that number shot up to more than 51,000 between March 2020 and March 2021, according to nationwide figures compiled by the non-profit group, Gun Violence Archive (GVA).
  • “We were not surprised that the gun violence rates were higher during the pandemic,” said study leader Dr. Paddy Ssentongo.
  • While the rate of gun violence significantly increased in 28 states, it shot up by 100% in Minnesota, Michigan and New York.
  • The researchers found that almost 93,000 injuries and deaths (including suicides) resulted from gun-related violence between Jan.
  • Every two-month period between March 2020 and March 2021 saw increased gun violence when compared to similar two-month periods in the prior year.
  • Alaska was the exception, registering fewer incidents of gun violence during the pandemic than in the year before.
  • Yet a clear majority of states saw what Ssentongo’s team characterized as a “significantly” higher risk for gun-related violence.

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