Mass Shootings in the U.S.
The tragedy of Newtown, where twenty children and six adults were shot at an elementary school in Connecticut in 2012, revived the international discussion about gun violence in the United States. With it, came a lot of data and information on violence and guns, with some interesting visualizations. The one simple chart that I could not find at the time was a representation of the deaths by the deadliest shootings, as tracked by the Washington Post among others, so I created this one.
The timeline is constant to better represent the increase in frequency. The height of the line represents the increase in deaths. The circles are a more organic shape than columns to represent human lives. Given the raw pain of seeing so many children killed senselessly, it seemed important to reflect when the victims were minor.
This second graph has more data: all the mass shootings in the U.S. from 1982 to 2012, as tracked by Mother Jones. Research was emotionally painful, as I had to research the break down of deaths and people who survived their wounds. The graph is excessively tall on purpose, inspired by a scene in An Inconvenient Truth. The columns are too tall because, well, they are too tall.