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Worst US gun massacre in months amid record violence

Ramin Mazaheri
Press TV, Chicago

The United States suffered its worst mass shooting in nearly a year when a gunman killed 11 and wounded several others in California. In the nation’s third-largest city of Chicago at least 30 people were shot and seven killed over the weekend, illustrating how routine gun violence has become across the country.

The California gunman showed symptoms of paranoia and mental illness, but for the last 40 years liberal economic measures have gutted not only health services, but sent jobs overseas, eliminated anti-poverty measures and fostered a climate of perpetual instability and insecurity.

Last year saw almost double the number of mass shootings compared with just 4 years ago. In 2022, death rates from firearms reached their highest level in three decades.

For many big city mayors - even Democratic ones - more cops is the answer. However, anti-police sentiments have exploded, most recently at a protest in Atlanta against yet another killing by police, and many say more militarism just isn’t the solution.

After the California massacre, a Congressman lamented that mass shootings are “a uniquely American experience.” 

With the termination of many coronavirus-era assistance programs and recession on the horizon, few expect such experiences to decrease.

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