The shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut sparked a fury of gun control sentiment across the United States. While the event certainly got plenty of coverage, it’s only a drop in the bucket compared to the everyday gun violence in America. According to Slate, the number of gun deaths in the U.S. since the Newtown shooting tragedy have already exceed the total number of Americans killed in Iraq.
The death toll since the Dec. 14 shooting spree is now 4,499, which just barely beats the 4,409 death count from the war in Iraq, according to the Defense Department. To make the figures even more daunting, Slate reminds readers that the data is incomplete because there are undoubtedly gun deaths that haven’t been discovered or recorded.
An interactive infographic gives information about every single victim, such as the victim’s name, age, and location. A map offers a visual representation of the areas with the worst instances of gun violence. Unsurprisingly, the biggest offenders are along the eastern seaboard, California, Texas, Louisiana, and the Great Lakes region – all areas of the U.S. with dense population.
Detroit, Philadelphia, and New Orleans are among the cities with the worst gun violence rates. Chicago tops the chart with 139 gun deaths since the Newtown shooting.
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These numbers prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that gun violence is a major problem in the United States, though the solution to that problem is still up for debate. People disagree vehemently as to whether gun control helps or hurts the situation, and these figures don’t help shed any light on the problem.
California, one of the strongest pro-gun control countries in the nation, is plagued by gun violence. Louisiana, a state that has some of the strongest protections on gun rights, also has extremely high death rates.
Based on this information, it seems that population density is the single most important factor in determining gun violence, not gun control laws or gun rights protection. Of course, this is all open to interpretation. What's your take on these figures?