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Visualization Tracks Casualties of Gun Violence in U.S. From 2015

by Gabriel Reilich Katie Felber

December 17, 2015

The Mass Shooting Tracker defines a mass shooting as “four or more people killed or injured by gunfire in a single incident.” 

According to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), the United States has the highest gun ownership rate in the world—an average of 88 per 100 people. As the publication Small Arms Survey points out, the United States accounts for less than 5 percent of the world’s population and is home to 35 to 50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

The following visualization shows every mass shooting that took place in the United States in 2015. The results are staggering.

To recap:

January: 24 incidents over 31 days
February: 18 incidents over 28 days
March: 30 incidents over 30 days
April: 18 incidents over 30 days
May: 39 incidents over 31 days
June: 42 incidents over 30 days
July: 45 incidents over 31 days
August: 41 incidents over 31 days
September: 38 incidents over 30 days
October: 23 incidents over 30 days
November: 33 incidents over 30 days
December: 11 incidents over 16 days...so far

In total, there were 362 incidents over 348 days, making that an average of 1.04 mass shootings per day.

The time for action has already expired. Contact your representative to voice your opinion and incite some long-overdue change.

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Visualization Tracks Casualties of Gun Violence in U.S. From 2015