In Highland Park, Illinois, a holiday parade turned into a horror scene when a gunman opened fire on the crowd.
At other celebrations in cities across the country, the booming sounds of firecrackers were apparently mistaken for gunfire, prompting dozens of revelers to flee for cover.
“I think a big part of what we saw Monday is that loss of confidence over the last few years,” said reporter Marc Fisher.
The increase in mass shootings in America has raised so many complicated and sad questions: How are we supposed to live in a society where we have to be so afraid? What is needed to prevent these shootings? And how do we punish the people who commit unimaginable acts of violence?
We are going to explore this last question in an interview with our colleague David Nakamura today.
After the mass shooting in Buffalo, the Biden administration must decide whether to seek the death penalty for the 18-year-old suspect. When he visited Buffalo last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland assured survivors and victims’ families that a full investigation was taking place. It’s a “crime punishable by the death penalty,” Garland said in a news conference. But this Justice Department is at odds — civil rights activists have long opposed the death penalty, saying it is inhumane and used disproportionately against racial minorities.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/post-reports/how-do-you-punish-a-mass-shooter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_national How do you punish a mass shooter?