“All of them were killed in an epidemic unique to the United States, where, on average, at least one child is shot every hour of every day. Many survive, but many others do not. In the nation’s capital, nine children were killed in gun homicides last year. In Los Angeles, 11 were fatally shot. In Philadelphia: 36. In Chicago: 59. Those figures don’t include the hundreds of other kids who died in accidental shootings and by suicide.” WaPo (Gift Article) on America’s other epidemic. In America, a child is shot every hour, and hundreds die. Here are 13 young lives lost in 2021.

+ The Atlantic: The Data Are Pointing to One Major Driver of America’s Murder Spike. (Hint: It’s pointing towards something you never want pointed at you.)