2021 on Track to Be Deadliest Year of Gun Violence in U.S. in Two Decades

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    More than 8,100 people were killed from gun violence in the first five months this year across the United States, the deadliest record in two decades, sparking concerns over a series of deeply entrenched social issues that have worsened during the pandemic, according to local media reports.

    Data from a nonprofit research organization the Gun Violence Archive suggested that nearly 54 Americans lost their lives every day in shootings from January through to May, which was 14 more deaths than the average toll in the same period in the past six years, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

    Meanwhile, the number of shootings that have killed or injured at least one person in the Jan.-May period has surpassed that of the same period last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, as more than 120 Americans were killed in shootings last weekend alone.

    Several factors have been contributing to the increase in gun violence including deep-rooted inequality, surging gun ownership, and strained relationships between police and communities, all of which have been exacerbating during the pandemic, alongside structural inequalities in the economy, healthcare, and social welfare which are entrenched behind racial disparity in American society, according to experts.

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