The Complex Causes of the Shooting Wave in Major American Cities

NYPD officers investigate a crime scene in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 4, 2020. (Lloyd Mitchell/Reuters)
George Floyd protests are not the only factor in the violent summer of 2020.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A weeks-long wave of shootings in major American cities continued over the Fourth of July weekend, with dozens of people shot in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and elsewhere. The trend began after Memorial Day and the civil unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which led to mass demonstrations, looting, and riots across the country. Police departments find themselves facing mass protests and demands for reform. Additionally, the unrest is occurring in the middle of a pandemic that has caused mass economic dislocation. All these factors combined have contributed to the current shooting wave, and despite the

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.


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