Since the beginning of this year, under the influence of multiple factors such as the COVID-19 epidemic, economic recession, social tearing, and increased political uncertainty, violent crimes in the United States have become more frequent.
In 2020, the death toll from gun-related cases has exceeded 42,000, including more than 1,300 minors, according to the latest data from the U.S. Gun Violence Archives.
On December 2 this year, in southeast Washington, D.C., 15 months old Carmelo Duncan and his 8-year-old brother were suddenly attacked by unidentified gunmen while driving on the road in his father’s car.
Duncan was shot dead, becoming one of the youngest shooting victims in the United States this year. Duncan’s father and brother survived. However, the police said that they were not aware of the motives of the attackers.
A total of 197 people were reportedly shot dead in Washington, D.C. this year, the highest number of shooting victims in 15 years.
Also, on July 4 this year, 11-year-old Davin McNeil was killed in the head by a stray bullet while celebrating the festival. McNeil’s grandfather said that some attackers just wanted to enjoy shooting. The gunman who caused McNeill’s death was just released from prison in May this year because of the spread of the prison epidemic.
Davin McNeil’s grandfather: Our judge, now let some violent criminals go. When it comes to some people who are violent criminals, they (the judges) will say that we can’t keep them in prison because of the COVID-19 epidemic they will get sick. They know that some people are violent criminals and release them.
Davin McNeil’s mother: Many children are afraid to go out. They can play outside just because they have security guards and police around them today.
According to a report by Every City for Gun Safety, violence in many U.S. cities reached “aldest levels in 2020” and young people are paying a heavy price.