Slate Tries to Compile Gun Deaths in U.S. Since Newtown


Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, Slate has wondered how many people are dying from guns in the U.S. daily. At least 393 have died in less than a month. The data are surprisingly hard to come by. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence tallies “people shot in America,” but that number is an estimate based on gun injuries and Deaths recorded by the Centers for Disease Control in 2008 and 2009.

The anonymous creator of the Twitter feed @GunDeaths has tried to compile those statistics, tweeting every reported death he can find. He was inspired, he told us in a phone interview, by the Aurora, Co., shootings, and simply wanted to call daily attention to the toll that guns take. Now Slate is partnering with @GunDeaths to create this interactive feature, “Gun Deaths in America Since Newtown.”

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