From Baltimore to San Jose, the end of the cycle of gun violence in the United States is not in sight | COMMENT

In Baltimore, most of our murders happen sequentially, so we don’t consider them mass shootings – the sudden killing of people in groups at work, school, prayer, or playing. Yet the Baltimore murders cumulatively affect the urban psyche over time. We get used to violence as part of everyday culture; it partially defines the city. It is so incessant that we either don’t think about it unless it concerns us directly or we think of it fleetingly as a kind of civic duty.

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