Slate and the Twitter feed @GunDeaths continue their project of collecting data to determine the number of U.S. deaths by guns since the Newtown shooting on December 14, 2012, and as of today, at about 2:30 Central, the total was at 4,236. You can see a graph, a “deaths by city” interactive map, and additional data, along with methodology, at the link above.
The project is described a “crowd sourced interactive.”
This data is necessarily incomplete. But the more people who are paying attention, the better the data will be. 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 mail to: email@example.com ) And if you’d like to use this data yourself for your own projects, it’s open. …
The information is collected by @gunDeaths from news reports about the deaths. The Slate interactives team and @gunDeaths continually manages and revises the data.
The data are not comprehensive because not all gun-related deaths are reported by the news media. For example, suicides often go unreported.
So once again, where’s the outrage? Where’s the media? Where are the Electeds? There are exceptions, of course, since there are certainly people who are working very hard to change things so that this truly astounding number of murders, suicides and accidental deaths can at least be reduced. But in general, it seems fair to say that the NRA leadership is still winning.
No matter how many times I see such numbers, I absolutely cannot understand how the carnage can be justified by one particular interpretation of the Second Amendment.