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The Pandemic Lockdown of Last year has led to Mass Shootings

It could appear that the Pandemic has put a stop to mass shootings. However, mass shootings continued to occur during the coronavirus lockdown. They weren’t as visible in public. Last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that analyses shootings, there were 610 mass shootings, over 200 more than in 2019. This year’s 232nd shooting occurred in San Jose on Wednesday.

John Donohue, a professor of law at Stanford University who studies gun violence and mass shootings, said, “The overlying trend of gun violence has been moving in a bad direction both in 2020 and in 2021. The public mass shootings were suppressed in 2020. Now as we are coming out of the Pandemic you see more of them.”

A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more persons, not including the shooter, are killed or injured. Experts blame the surge in shootings last year on increased gun purchases, unemployment-related stress during the lockdown, and police departments’ inability to execute anti-violence initiatives due to COVID. The pre-existing ailment that was shoved to the side last year has reared its ugly head once more this year.

As so many people kill themselves after killing others, experts say it’s impossible to comprehend what drives someone to commit a mass shooting truly. Donohue claimed that few are suicidal or antagonistic to the world. And this is how they intend to make amends for the damage they believe they have endured. It’s episodic and personal. In terms of behavioral theory, this makes it less Pandemic and more difficult to explain.

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