130,000 Shot In U.S. Each Year; Map Shows Location Of Incidents


In 2013, fewer than two percent of more than 33,000 gun deaths in the U.S. 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, reports Slate. Thanks to a nonpartisan project known as the Gun Violence Archive, data on gun homicides and nonfatal shootings is available. Those data include location information that makes it possible to plot those shootings on a map showing how many have taken place in your vicinity.

The rate of firearms-related death has largely held steady for the past 15 years. That grim constancy has come as regulation, industry safety improvements, and public health campaigns have reduced the mortality of other products. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that in 2013, guns killed 3,428 more people than falls, 4,635 more people than alcohol, and 30,876 more people than fires. Researchers have forecast that 2015 will be the year that bullets kill more Americans than car accidents, which had long been the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. Public opinion polls show that Americans are concerned about gun violence in general and dramatically under- or misinformed about its specific consequences. An interactive map available with the Slate article is the result of a collaboration between Slate and the Trace, using Gun Violence Archive data. The map contains 30,284 incidents recorded by the Gun Violence Archive from Dec. 5, 2014, to Dec. 5, 2015.

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