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Gun Violence in America: How Many Years of Life Have Been Lost?

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US gun crime by state mapped Thousands have been killed by gun violence in the US - but what does that mean? Periscopic have taken FBI crime report data detailing every gun murder in 2010 (interactive data with age, etc. too)

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JL A (282)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:42 am
Thousands have been killed by gun violence in the US - but what does that mean? Periscopic have taken FBI crime report data detailing every gun murder in 2010 (and worked with Jerome Cukier, who had also produced this with the same data) - and then combined the numbers with WHO demographic statistics to work out the impact in years lost by looking at the "age distribution of US deaths, paired with a likely cause of death at that age". See what a year of gun violence looks like - and click the buttons at the bottom to see the data by age, race, gender and gun type
Who made this interactive? Periscopic

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 1:40 pm
Wow thats awful over 9000 killed in one year Something seriously wrong with the gun laws and that was surprising the majority were killed with handguns Makes it look a bit silly they are just trying to ban assault rifles
Cant see this is going to make much difference then needs more than that

Noted thanks

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 2:08 pm
I'm not so sure that there are major problems in the gun laws not going far enough, so much as the implementation being handled by an incompetent agency and not going far enough. The BATFE is notoriously bad at its job, and information-sharing is needlessly limited. With modern telecommunications, there should be no reason why states would have so much trouble sharing information for background-checks for license-applications.

To reduce the number of lost lives and years, suicide-prevention may be a very effective place to concentrate. As pointed out on another comment-thread, half of all gun-related deaths are registered as suicides. However, this does not include some mass-shootings, which are often a form of suicide-by-police in which a lot of other people die, and murder-suicides which are suicides where, again, other people are also killed.

Still, gun-related deaths may be a manifestation of something that is truly unstoppable: It is, and will always be, easier to destroy than to protect. As economies progress, education rises, and people gain access to more goods for personal use, individuals' capabilities rise in general, including the capability to destroy. The wealthier a society gets, the more dangerous its individuals become.

JL A (282)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 2:37 pm
The AFT in the US has lost most of its funding and been without a leader dating back to the Bush Administration with efforts to appoint a chief filbustered in the Senate. There is no way of knowing if the agency can be effective (its history was posted on C2 a few weeks ago).
Thank you Carol and Brian for sharing what the US looks like to folks living elsewhere. I'd send you stars if I weren't told it is too soon.

natasha s (714)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:00 pm
Is this an innovative way for controlling our overpopulation crisis???? Hmmm

JL A (282)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:04 pm
Makes one wonder doesn't it Natasha? You cannot currently send a star to Natasha because you have done so within the last week.

Shawna S (45)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:33 pm

Robert O (12)
Friday February 15, 2013, 12:28 am
Just reading this makes my heart sink and my stomach turn. How some people can think we don't have a gun violence problem in this country at all is beyond me. Thanks J.L. A.

Lisa Ann M (21)
Friday February 15, 2013, 3:37 am
Signed, Thank You!

JL A (282)
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:39 am
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Lynn S (235)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:57 pm
Crazy! Absolutely crazy! The graphic sure hits home the fact that the losses are more than just life itself.

JL A (282)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:14 am
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