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More gun carnage

More gun carnage

Labor Day weekend turned violent in Baltimore with no fewer than 22 people shot between Friday afternoon and Monday evening, including four triple-shootings. Under such circumstances the death toll might have been worse — three of the victims are dead and another four were in critical condition by late Monday — but that may be the best that could be said of the holiday violence.

As it happens, the deadly weekend coincided with similar events in Chicago where a whopping 31 people were shot, including nine fatally, between early Monday and early Tuesday. The Windy City has garnered national attention for gun violence since the death of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, cousin of...