Gun Violence Victimization Increased Again this Memorial Day
800 victims include over a hundred teenagers and a dozen children under 12.
Memorial day weekend provides a snapshot of what cities may expect this summer despite the proliferation of splashy, multi-million dollar initiatives that hire former gang members to “try” to prevent violence.
This map is interactive, so open the link to see the annual breakdown of firearm fatalities and injuries nationally surrounding Memorial Day since 2014. Apparently, 800 Americans getting shot during a holiday weekend isn’t as newsworthy as the season finale of Succession. Nor is the fact that firearm violence is still elevated compared to pre-pandemic levels in dozens of major cities.
The interactive chart below, 2023 Memorial Day Gun Violence vs. Pre-Pandemic, shows the number of fatal and non-fatal firearm injuries people incurred in major cities in 2019 and 2023.
Forbes is the only national media outlet I’ve noticed covering this, although local outlets in major cities like Chicago and Philadelphia that experience the lion’s share of Memorial Day firearm violence are all over it. It’s sickening that the bulk of firearm violence gets zero national news coverage. We shouldn’t acquiesce to this level of gun violence in our communities.
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