If you think gun violence only happens in the less rarefied air of inner-ring suburbs and downtrodden 'hoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul, well, oops. The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit, nonpartisan project that amasses information on firearm homicides and nonfatal shootings, will disabuse you of that notion.
Type in an address. A map will appear with markers showing where shootings have taken place in the vicinity during the past 12 months. One or two clicks later, incident details, such as whether there were fatalities, the number of victims, and the type of gun can be learned as well.
Despite the deluge of media coverage, only a fraction of the nation's 30,000-plus annual gun deaths happen in mass shootings, according to 2013 government statistics, the most recent year for which numbers are available. Every year, 130,000 people are injured by gunfire. That's like shooting the populations of both Bloomington and Apple Valley. Annually.
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 48 children and teens are shot daily in murders, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. Seven of them every day will die.
When the numbers are finally crunched, researchers think 2015 will be the year when more Americans die from bullets than car accidents. Gun shootings would be the leading cause of injury death in the U.S.