Monday Market Mayhem – Mass Shootings and Trade Wars Make Investors Nervous

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Over the weekend, there were two major shootings (Dayton, Ohio and El Paso Texas) where 30 people were killed and another 53 injured but that was Saturday.  On Friday in Virginia and Maryland, 5 people were killed and 4 injured, which hardly rated a mention in the US press as it's a daily thing now but Sunday, while Dayton was happening, another 20 people were injured and 2 people killed in 2 incidents in Chicago, 1 in NYC and one in Memphis.  

Before you think that Dayton and El Paso just distracted us from 22 people hurt by guns (and this only counts multiple death/injury incidents), keep in mind that, in the previous week (from 7/23 to 7/30), there were 16 mass shootings where 28 people were killed and 62 were injured including a dozen people in Brooklyn you probably didn't hear a thing about.  Are we really that numb to this sort of thing that 50 people killed in July and 202 wounded didn't even get our attention?  Maybe it's because it was less than the 217 wounded in June (only 34 killed though)?

Image result for school shooting map 2019And again, this is ONLY shootings with AT LEAST 3 people being shot in a single incident.  So far, in 2019, we average 1.2 of those every day, 22 of them in schools.  It's only Aug 5th but we've had over 450 total shootings in the US this year so it's a very good thing "only" about 1/3 of them are mass shootings or we'd still be picking up the bodies.  Maybe that's what it will take – maybe we have to start tripping over all the bodies while we shop before we decide this madness has to end?

How can you look at these maps and not think something is very wrong with the way we're doing things in this country?  How can you let your elected representatives get away with telling you there's nothing wrong with the way we do things?  Do they tell you it's violent everywhere?  Because it's not! 

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