A recession turns deadly
Have you wondered if the daily rundown of the day's national casualties has grown a little longer than usual? No, you are not imagining things. According to the Washington Post, in a surge of gun violence over the last month, some 57 people—including police officiers, children of deranged fathers, and total strangers in the wrong place at the wrong time—have been killed.
Followers of national violence trends are beginning to suspect the recession's extra psychological pressure has begun to push troubled individuals over the edge. America's trifecta of dysfunction—the too-easy availablity of high-powered weapons, inattentiveness to a deep structural deficit in mental health care, and now the crumbling economy and high unemployment—are proving a diabolical combination as the body count ticks higher.