Guns, violence and America’s savage descent

A Lake Forest, Ill., police officer walks down Central Ave. in Highland Park, Ill. on July 4, after a shooter fired on the northern suburb’s Fourth of July parade. Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP
Residents from around the Highland Park, Ill., area listen July 6 during a vigil in Highwood, Ill., for the victims of Highland Park Fourth of July parade mass shooting. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Columbus resident Amelia Fain marches with protesters along South High Street on Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Akron, Ohio, calling for Justice for Jayland Walker after he was fatally shot by Akron Police on Monday. “I feel for his mother,” said Fain. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
Javon Williams, 13, is comforted by Rev. Jaland Finney, left, as he speaks during a march and rally for Jayland Walker, Sunday, July 3, 2022, in Akron, Ohio. Also pictured at center right is Lanette Williams, reacting after Javon’s speech. Williams had just viewed the video released by police detailing the shooting death of Walker. (Andrew Dolph/Times Reporter via AP)
A body is transported from the scene of a mass shooting during the July 4th holiday weekend in Highland Park, Ill. Photo: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP
Married couple Brooke and Matt Strauss look toward the scene of the mass shooting in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb, after leaving their wedding bouquets near the scene of the July 4th mass shooting on July 5. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast



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