The Reasons for the Increase in Gun Violence During the Pandemic Are Complicated
According to a new study, the overall rate of gun violence in the United States increased by 30% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the previous year.
Between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, rates in 28 states were significantly higher than during the pre-pandemic period from February 1 to March 31, 2021.
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In the first 13 months of the pandemic, there were 51,063 incidents of gun violence in the United States, compared to 38,919 incidents in the same period prior to the pandemic.
Early in the pandemic, gun sales in the United States soared, with first-time buyers accounting for more than 20% of all purchases.
And having access to firearms is a well-known risk factor for suicide and homicide caused by firearms.
The combination of increased stress, social disruption, and isolation that occurred during the pandemic created a perfect storm of conditions that could contribute to increased gun violence, raising serious concerns.
These trends were also concerning because rising rates of gun violence could put a strain on a health-care system already overburdened by an unprecedented influx of COVID-19 patients.
We are a group of scientists and doctors with experience in preventive health care and disease modeling in public health settings.
What Role Did Pandemic Conditions Play?
Increased isolation, increased rates of domestic violence, a disruption of social networks, and unemployment have all been linked to the pandemic.
However, much more research is required to get a clear picture of how all of these factors may have influenced overall gun violence.
We took a publicly available database of gun violence incidents and divided them by the population of each state.
We also recorded the status of each state’s stay-at-home orders and the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as other demographics like age, race, and ethnicity.
We discovered that gun violence rates increased significantly in 28 states (or 56%) across the US, with no discernible pattern.
Minnesota had the highest increase in gun violence, with a 120 percent increase.
We were told not to separate counts of suicides and homicides until police investigations were completed because there were still ongoing police investigations.
Future studies will need to assess comparisons in order to get a more complete picture…
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