Interactive Map Shows How Many People Have Been Shot Near You This Year
Slate, in collaboration with gun violence awareness nonprofit The Trace, has created an eye-opening interactive map that uses data from the Gun Violence Archive to show all incidents of gun-related violence in the United States over the past year, allowing the user to zoom on any specific location they chose.
The map is quite impressive. In my neighborhood of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, for example, the numbers represent clusters of gun violence that were too concentrated to map at scale:
According to The Trace:
In 2013, the last year for which government statistics are available, less than 2 percent of more than 33,000 gun deaths in the country were due to mass shootings. Tallies of gun-related fatalities are in turn dwarfed by totals for gun injuries. Every 12 months, more than 130,000 people are shot; many are left with devastating physical impairments and crippling health care bills.
Recently, President Obama and fellow Democrats have gained some traction pushing for a ban on "suspected terrorists" getting access to guns. The Trace reports that the gun issue, when framed in the context of terrorism, has the potential to be a wedge issue for the nominally tough-on-terror, tough-on-crime GOP.
This map is part of a broader effort by gun reform advocates to get Americans to truly understand the scope of the problem. Traumatic mass shootings aside, most Americans still underestimate how many people each year die of gun violence. One Huffington Post survey puts the median at 5,000—far from the actual total of roughly 30,000.