Over the past Fourth of July weekend, more than 150 people were killed and upwards of 400 more were wounded in what is being called a “bloody” mess as quite a few of America’s major cities struggle to get a handle on an ever-worsening crisis with gun violence.
This past Tuesday afternoon, CNN issued a report that made note of the fact that the death toll might be even higher than we currently know. According to the massive news network, “233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend, a 26% drop from last year’s holiday weekend, according to the latest data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.”
“According to data released Tuesday morning, which looks at shootings from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, there were 314 fatal shootings with 751 injuries during the same period last year, the GVA said,” stated CNN.
The outlet was very fast to bring to light, though, that the shocking number of people that were killed over the Independence Day weekend in 2021 was a bit lower than what we saw for the number of people killed during the same time period back in 2020 when the same cities experienced an extreme record-breaking spike in their gun violence.
Two of the cities that saw this record-breaking level of violence in 2020, New York City and Chicago, Illinois, were part of the group of those that saw a spike in gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend of 2021.
“In New York City, at least 35 people were shot in 29 shooting incidents from Friday through Monday, with at least two of the incidents resulting in deaths, the NYPD said. Overall, at least four murders occurred in the city,” reported Fox News this past Tuesday. “During the same period last year, the NYPD recorded 55 shooting incidents, 78 shooting victims, and 16 homicides.”
Over this past 2021 holiday weekend, the city of Chicago saw far more homicides than it did back in 2020, as reported by the latest numbers from the weekend. A couple of police officers and, as far as we know, at least 2 children were marked as part of the wounded from this past weekends violence
“At least 108 people were shot in Chicago over the long Independence Day weekend, including two police officers; children, including 5- and 6-year-old girls; and a group of six people early Monday in the Washington Park neighborhood — where a man was killed hours later in an unrelated shooting,” reported the Chicago Tribune on the situation. “He was one of at least 17 people who died from injuries suffered in shootings from about 5 p.m. Friday to just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to police information and Tribune data.”
CBS News also chimed in, adding to the numbers. Back in 2019, “68 people were shot,” and back in 2020, “nearly 80 people were shot.”
This past Tuesday, the network issued a report that it seems like the rate of violence is actually increasing, even though raw numbers seem to point towards crime dropping off from 2020.
“Although official data has yet to be released by the federal government, a survey of law enforcement agencies in dozens of U.S. cities conducted by the Major Cities Chiefs Association found a higher rate of homicides and aggravated assaults in January through March of 2021period in 2020,” stated CBS News.