Posts filed under “Current Affairs”

School Shootings in the US



This map displays the casualties and fatalities in school shootings in the US from 1997-2012. It is based on data drawn from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

This is not a great chart — the size of the circles creates a perceptual problem (each school shooting doesnt cover a 200 square mile area) and the coloring of the legend is not at all intuitive (wait is purple good or bad?) — but even with that, the sheer volume of School Shootings surprised me.

Category: Current Affairs, Digital Media

What Perplexes Me About Gun Deaths in the USA . . .

The latest gun news has started a dialogue on the subject, and hopefully it will have a healthy resolution.

I have been having discussions with numerous friends, including a large number of (lawful) gun owners. My view is that having a firearm in your home is both a right and a privilege. Personally, I would treat all guns like cars and all owners like drivers — we should register every gun like an automobile, and license and insure each owner like we do drivers.

There are other issues worth discussing — what to do about all of the illegal guns in the US, how to deal with automatic weapons with high bullet count clips. There is also an issue with how poorly we seem to be coping with mental health problems in America.

That seems to be is a rational place to begin the conversation.

But a few things perplex me about this: Why are gun-related death rates in the US so much higher than in similar countries — i.e.,  economically successful democracies?

When we look at fire-arm related deaths per capita, the US is far ahead of other, similar nations. The United States has 10.2 gun deaths per 100,000 people. That is about 8X the death rate of comparable countries (list after the jump) — and please do not compare the USA to El Salvador, Swaziland or Mexico. We rank 9th overall, and are the 1st modern or weatern nation on the list.

I know the USA is culturally different, and a much younger nation versus most of Europe or Japan.

Still, the difference is perplexing . . .



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Category: Current Affairs

Guns in America: 45 Years on the Treadmill

@TBPInvictus here: I’ve got no charts, graphs, tables or economic analysis to offer with this post, so please forgive me and move along if that’s what you were looking for. I’ve been simmering as I absorbed some of the commentary proffered by the right on the recent Newtown shooting. The self-exoneration speech by the NRA’s…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Politics

Hallelujah – The Voice (Tribute to Newtown Victims)

Hallelujah – The Voice (Tribute to victims with Leonard Cohens)   click for video December 17 , 2012.   The coaches and artists pay tribute to the Connecticut shooting victims with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Christina Aguilera , Adam Levine & Three days after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., NBC’s reality talent show The Voice kicked…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Music, Weekend

What Can Gun Control Advocates Do?

Too soon? Not this time. Over the past decade, I have sadly observed each subsequent shooting tragedy, wondering when things would get so out bad, so out of hand that the United States would finally do something about gun violence. I think Newton is the tragedy that puts the pro gun advocates on their heels….Read More

Category: Current Affairs

TBP Holiday Shopping Ideas!

Its become an annual TBP tradition — each year, I pick some of the more odd & interesting things I stumble across in my travels as well as items off of my own wish list. We always get lots of good feedback about this — so following my last post mocking Black Friday numbers, just…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Current Affairs, Markets

Lone Star Swingin’?

@TBPInvictus As I was beginning to follow-up my recent post about our changing national demographics, I almost immediately came upon a state-run website that was rich with data about that particular state. As it happens, it was Texas. So, without further ado, a very quick look at the Lone Star state and its population projections….Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Politics

Let’s Keep It Small . . .

I don’t know why this tickles me so, but it just does:   via the New Yorker

Category: Current Affairs, Humor

The Problem With a Really Tiny Tent

@TBPInvictus At some point in the not-too-distant future, I intend to explore the Census Bureau’s excellent data sets on Population Projections and Voting and Registration. I hope to examine how the composition of our nation will change over the next 12 years or so (through the 2024 election). After all, I don’t want Bill O’Reilly…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Politics

Google Crisis Map: Power, Gas, Damage from Sandy Damage

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Category: Current Affairs, Digital Media, Science, Web/Tech