HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY GUNS SINCE THE NEWTOWN MASSACRE? December 22, 2012
A facsimile of the interactive gun death map found at Slate.com. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(NATIONAL) -- It is a question easier asked than answered. Since the murders by a lone gunman Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut the people at Slate magazine have wondered, how many people – exactly – have died by gunfire since then.
What they found was that information was rather hard to find. Most places simply had estimates of gun deaths. They were surprised to find that evidently no one out there across America was trying to create “a real-time chronicle of the deaths attributable to guns in the United States.”
But eventually they did run across the anonymous creator of the Twitter feed @GunDeaths who has been trying to compile those real time stats and tweeting every gun reported death he can find.
So Slate has partnered with @GunDeaths to create an interactive map – that looks like the static one at above right - called, “Gun Deaths in America Since Newtown.”
When you click on each icon of a person, the icon turns red and a small window opens up to say the name of the person that died, when, where and the age of the person.
It is sobering to find out that since the Sandy Hook tragedy 120 people across the country have died in gun deaths.