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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Independent media starting to ask tough questions ...

... in the wake of the mass shooting in Colorado.

So here is an example:

Friday's horrific shooting in Aurora, Colo.—one of the deadliest in U.S. history—has reignited the debate over gun control in America. Just how bad is the problem? Through media reports, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit lobbying group, has compiled a list of 431 shootings with more than one victim since 2005. On average, according to the organization, a multiple-victim shooting happens every 5.9 days in the United States. The deadliest city in this period, according to the data, is Chicago, with 17 shootings since 2005—totaling 72 people wounded and 30 deaths. Thirteen of those shootings were in a public place. New Orleans, Kansas City, and Philadelphia were tied for second bloodiest, with nine shootings in this seven-year period. Plus, James Warren on why the Colorado shooting is tragically unsurprising.

Be sure to check out the interactive map for state-by-state comparisons.

Note: They tend to happen in the places where there are more people (e.g., the South!, California), AND the places with the death penalty. Interesting!

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