The State of Mississippi executed David Neal Cox, 50, at 6:12 p.m. tonight at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for killing his estranged wife, Kim Cox, in Sherman, Miss., in April 2010. It was the first Mississippi execution since 2012.
In a new study, we found that the overall U.S. gun violence rate rose by 30% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the year before. In 28 states, the rates were substantially higher between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic period from Feb. 1, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020. There were 51,063 incidents of gun violence events resulting in injury or death in the United States in the first 13 months of the pandemic compared to 38,919 incidents in the same time span pre-pandemic.