May 24, 2021

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 430 words, a 1.5-minute read.

1 big thing: One weekend, 12 mass shootings
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America has already endured 230 mass shootings and 13 mass murders in 2021, including 12 mass shootings over the past weekend.

  • Eight different states suffered mass shootings — defined by CNN as four or more people hurt or killed by gunfire — between Friday night and Sunday.

The big picture: More than 7,600 people have been killed by guns this year in the U.S., and another 9,500 used guns to take their own lives, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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The bottom line: The Gun Violence Archive's running tab of gun violence incidents over the past 72 hours includes 17 pages of results, with 25 incidents per page.

Go deeper: CNN has more details on some of this weekend's shootings.

2. Now, a sanitizer glut

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Above: The hand-sanitizer section in a Target in San Rafael, California.

  • After chronic shortages, retailers now can’t sell the stuff.

Sales are down 80% from a year ago, and prices are down 40%, The Wall Street Journal writes (subscription) from NielsenIQ data:

  • After COVID hit, stores “turned to other businesses — including distilleries — that switched their production to make sanitizers for the first time. ... Now, supermarkets are sitting on pallets of them.”
  • “Jeff Kozak, chief executive of Vermont-based WhistlePig Whiskey, who had partnered with a soap company to make and donate sanitizers, said distributors recently asked if his business wanted to buy extra sanitizers and turn them into whiskey.”
3. Catch up quick
Drone photo shows volunteers cleaning up Gaza streets targeted by Israeli airstrikes. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Andalou Agency via Getty Images
  1. President Biden will meet privately with the family of George Floyd tomorrow to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd's murder. Go deeper.
  2. New York City public schools "will be back in their classroom in September, all in-person, no remote," Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Go deeper.
  3. Former U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland is suing former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. government over legal fees he incurred during then-President Trump's first impeachment. Go deeper.
  4. A human rights group wants a judicial review of the Scottish government's refusal to investigate former President Trump's all-cash purchases of two golf courses, Reuters reports.
4. Watercooler talkers
Photos: ABC, HBO Max, Disney+ via AP

This week features some spicy new content, via AP.

  • Tuesday and next Tuesday on ABC: Two-party documentary “Mike Tyson: The Knockout” promises to examine his career and life rollercoaster. It includes previously unaired Tyson interview footage.
  • Thursday on HBO Max: “Friends: The Reunion” features the old cast on Warner Bros. Stage 24, with guests including David Beckham, Cindy Crawford, Tom Selleck and Reese Witherspoon.
  • Friday on Disney+: A live-action "Cruella" starring Emma Stone that's part punk, part camp origin story set in 1970s London about a girl who has dreams of designing high fashion and gets a shot from Emma Thompson’s slightly sadistic Baroness.