• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on Why Has Gun Violence Increased in the United States? Three Questions for BU’s Jonathan Jay

  1. How is this man a researcher? His immediate conclusion is pandemic? Im sorry but how much money were people paid to sit at home and continue to get paid today to do NOTHING.
    How much of this violence is due to the fact the cops are leaving the force in record numbers due to idiotic leftwing socialist policies that have proven time and time again dont work. How much of this ridiculous increase in violence is in the liberal cities where they catch and release criminals and treat them like they are the victims? This guy isnt a researcher. This guy lacks common sense.

    1. It’s the unemployment caused by the pandemic not the pandemic per se. If in fact people were offered well-paid jobs and vacations, and those criminals “they catch and release” were given jobs and houses to be able to have a family with children, this all could be prevented. Btw, everything I said above is socialist policies. Capitalism cherishes violence bc it helps it.

    2. Kuldip Singh, what you say is true, there were people who sat at home in isolation. The stress and isolation are generally regarding as contributing factors. And given you angry and misguided response, you and other people who feel the same create a dangerous atmosphere out there.

        1. I also agree. It is a marvelus world if you can enjoy the nature of it all, sadly mother nature does’nt smile on us, on all of us, the same. There are many different peopel and it doesn’t always be fair, but if we can work together, we can florish.

  2. I think tv media plays a major part in gun violence. These shooters listen to each case (over and over and over and over). It’s a brain washing that gives them the idea to act
    I think media should report results of shootings one day only. No video no interviews and no hype

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