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Gun violence rates in the United States have soared in 2021, recording the highest number of fatalities over the past seven years, due to weak governance over guns and economic stagnation nationwide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of homicides in more than two-thirds of major U.S. cities has surged in 2021 compared with last year, according to a CNN analysis of over 40 of the most populous cities in the country.
Jackson, capital of southern U.S. state Mississippi, has become one of the cities with the most gun violence incidents in the country.
There have been 150 homicides in Jackson this year as of Dec. 21, and almost all of them were shootings. The city's homicide rate is 15 times higher than the national average, CNN reported.
Additionally, five people were killed and three wounded in the U.S. mountain state of Colorado after a gunman opened fire in several locations in the Denver metro area.
The suspect exchanged fire with police in a heavily-populated Denver suburb before he was killed. Police officers are still investigating the motive for the shootings on Monday evening.
According to data from Gun Violence Archive, an online site that collects gun violence statistics in the United States, as of Tuesday, more than 20,000 Americans have died and over 40,000 injured from gun violence in 2021. This is the highest number of casualties registered since the establishment of statistics by the organization in 2014.
The number of mass shootings in the U.S. where four or more people were shot has increased by 11.5 percent in 2021 compared with last year.
The analysis pointed out that poor management of guns and economic stagnation brought by the pandemic are the main reasons for the surge in gun violence. The country still does not improve governance on the weapons even though voices for gun control are ever increasing.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. was 53,157,034, with the death toll hitting 820,545 as of Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
The single-day increase of cases has set a new record on Monday since the onset of the pandemic in the country, which reported 512,553 new cases and 1,762 new deaths on the day.