The past year has been deadly, as the coronavirus pandemic claimed over a half-million lives in the United States and close to 3 million worldwide. We’ve stayed home, away from public places such as offices, stores and schools. But as we inch back towards normal life, a uniquely American epidemic has once again begun to surge: mass shootings.
Last week, eight people were killed in a series of connected shootings in Atlanta. This week, 10 people were killed by a shooter in Boulder, Colorado. These are the first mass shootings since March 2020, according to The Violence Project, which tracks mass shootings, and a database compiled by USA TODAY and the Associated Press.
Over the past year, we’ve all wanted the world to return to normal. But the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder are a stark reminder of what our pre-pandemic world was like.
Kevin Necessary is an illustrator and editorial cartoonist. His editorial cartoons appear Sundays in The Enquirer.
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