The website Fivethirtyeight.com has published a new report analyzing the 33,000 gun deaths in the United States each year. The interactive graphic is part of a project exploring what it would take to bring the total down.
Data in the graphic come primarily from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Multiple Cause of Death database, which is derived from death certificates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is considered the most comprehensive estimate of firearm deaths. All figures are averages from the years 2012 to 2014, except for police shootings of civilians, which are from 2014. In the category of shootings by police officers, the website used the FBI’s count of law enforcement officers “feloniously killed” by firearms in the line of duty, which excludes accidental shootings.