On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a report which disclosed that the United States has recorded the highest one-year jump in homicides since the record-keeping of such data started in the 1960s. For the year 2020, the number of murders registered has been 21,500. The figure is 4,901 more than the 2019 data. Out of these, 77 percent of the murders were committed with a firearm, up from 74 percent in 2019.
The data by the FBI revealed that the total number of such killings remained below that of the 1980s when murders stayed above 23,000 a year. Nearly 16,000 federal, state, county, city, university, college, and tribal agencies have submitted data to the crime report. The reports showed that violent crimes in 2020 went up by 5.6 percent over the previous year while property crimes continued a nearly two-decade decline, falling 7.8 percent.
However, there has been no explanation as to why there is a rise in such crimes. Experts have cited COVID-19 as a reason for the increase of such heinous attacks. It mentioned that there has been a rise in gun sales. “This jump in murders is just the latest proof that we are experiencing a gun violence epidemic within the Covid-19 pandemic,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. Speaking further Feinblatt cited that the ‘death spiral’ will continue till they can prevent the flow of illegal guns.
According to World Bank figures, there were 6.5 murders per 1,00,000 inhabitants in the United States in 2018, compared with 35 in Mexico, 27 in Brazil, eight in Russia, and one per 1,00,000 in France and Germany.