Monday, July 30, 2012

The U.S. Shooting Epidemic

Friday's horrific shooting in Aurora, Colo.—one of the deadliest in U.S. history—has reignited the debate over gun control in America. Just how bad is the problem? Through media reports, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit lobbying group, has compiled a list of 431 shootings with more than one victim since 2005. On average, according to the organization, a multiple-victim shooting happens every 5.9 days in the United States.

The deadliest city in this period, according to the data, is Chicago, with 17 shootings since 2005—totaling 72 people wounded and 30 deaths. Thirteen of those shootings were in a public place. New Orleans, Kansas City, and Philadelphia were tied for second bloodiest, with nine shootings in this seven-year period. Plus, James Warren on why the Colorado shooting is tragically unsurprising.

► Interactive Map: Roll over or tap the interactive map below to see how your state compares, or explore the data in the spreadsheet below. If we missed one, let us know in the comments or at @mhkeller and @BrianAbelson.

Author: Brian Abelson & Michael Keller
• UPDATE 7/27: A number of readers sent in additions to our shootings database and, in doing so, included recollections of how these shootings affected their lives. We've added a feature to this page where you can enter your address, see the stories near you, and tell us if you remember it and how it affected you. If we get enough responses, we can make a map that shows not just shootings, but how these events left a mark on their communities.

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