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Crowd-sourced: Nearly 200 people killed by guns in California in 2 months (maps)

slate gun death map

Screenshot via Slate.com

Slate and @GunDeaths have created a crowd-sourced tally of firearm-related fatalities across the country in the two months since a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Conn.

With an official toll "surprisingly hard to come by," says Slate, the data is "necessarily incomplete." Their interactive  joint-venture is aimed at creating a more complete picture. Click on the map and chart to search by location, gender and other criteria.

You can help us draw a more complete picture of gun violence in America. If you know about a gun death in your community that isn’t represented here, please tweet @GunDeaths with a citation. (If you’re not on Twitter, you can email slatedata@gmail.com.) 

Data method (via the Atlantic)

  • A tally of criminal reports and @GunDeaths figures reflect at least 1,793 people in the U.S. who were killed in gun-related deaths since Dec. 14 – an average of 28 deaths per day.
  • Crowd-sourced reports required proof in the form of news confirmation (or other means) to prove a person in a gun violence-related incident.

This report comes days after President Barack Obama spoke about gun policy during his State of the Union address, followed by the NRA's quick-fire response detailing their Thunderdome-inspired vision of the future in which buying a gun would not be a measure of paranoia, but a "survival" necessity.

ProPublica took an even larger graphing gaze, collecting published maps and charts on gun-related issues regarding sales, violence, Congress and contributors.


Washington Post (Jan. 2013) - "How the NRA exerts influence over Congress"

The Daily Beast (Feb. 2013) - "This is Your Representative on Guns"

New York Times (Jan. 2013) - Where 50,000 Guns Recovered in Chicago Came From"

(more maps at ProPublica)

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