COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

  • FILE - Frank Kulick, adjusts a display of wooden crosses, and a Jewish Star of David, representing the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, on his front lawn, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. After a weekend of gun violence in America, Saturday, May 14, 2022, when shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now a pedestrian reality in the United States, just as is the reality of the continuing epidemic of gun violence that kills tens of thousands of people a year. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • A person pays his respects at a makeshift memorial outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 15. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States — like the persistent reality of gun violence that kills tens of thousands of people a year.