July 2020 was the second-highest month on record, according to estimates based on seasonally adjusted background check data.
Roberto Aspholm spent years researching the transformation of the city’s gangs. He says law enforcement in Chicago hasn’t caught up.
Activists Push for Community-Led Gun Violence Prevention in a Southern City Scarred by Racist Policing
Birmingham has one of the country’s highest rates of fatal shootings. The defund movement has reinvigorated grassroots efforts to drive down violence.
Halfway through 2020, the number of Black residents of Cook County who’ve died by suicide has already surpassed last year’s total. “Ignoring the issue until it becomes a crisis has become the method of treatment,” says one mental health advocate.
Business has never been better for the gun industry. But store owners say they’re still struggling. “If you sell 50 guns but only can bring 25 in, it’s gonna catch up to you.”
Amid a tangle of factors, data analysts have found a correlation between recent, record-level gun purchases and intentional shootings.
As the defund movement grows, Strategic Decision Support Centers have lost the support of politicians — including the man likely to be the next mayor.