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Thanksgiving holiday marked by grief in US amid surge in mass shootings

Ramin Mazaheri
Press TV, Chicago

In the United States, many spent their Thanksgiving holiday not in gratitude but in grief, as mass shootings and violent crime continue to plague the country.

Many are lost in confusion trying to explain why there have been over 600 mass shootings so far this year, a pace just below the all-time record. In only Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, eight people were killed and at least 30 wounded by gun violence over the holiday weekend.

The Democratic Party is about to hand over control of the House of Representatives and they are being widely criticised for refusing to pass stricter gun laws when they had the chance. Republicans are more likely to defend gun ownership, and they eked out a midterm legislative victory with a major emphasis on violent crime.

Crime data in the United States is often late or unreported, but what is certain is that since the coronavirus lockdowns murders have increased by at least 30%.

But what statistics cannot fully capture is the widespread sentiment that the violence in today’s United States is more brutal, bloody, shocking and random than it was in years past.

While the US is by far the most armed nation per capital, other countries have high rates of gun ownership, but not the regular violence which makes American life uniquely precarious and fearful. 

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