Pandemic-hit US confronted anew by mass shootings

Washington (AFP) – Two US mass shootings in a week have thrust back to the fore the nation’s plague of gun violence, which worsened during the pandemic and may have been further fueled by spiking firearm sales in 2020. The two separate bursts of killing, on opposite sides of the country, claimed a total of 18 lives and confronted the nation anew with a painful problem that was obscured by the virus’s out-of-control spread. In the midst of the pandemic that has killed 545,000 in the United States — the world’s worst absolute toll — cities around the country recorded worrying jumps in gun-rela…

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