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  •  Hi Tom, (15+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the work on this.  If you don't mind me asking how is this information gathered and how long does it take?

    I have read quite a few of these and I am amazed and appalled at the carnage in our society regarding gun violence.

    While every one of these is a story that could further illuminate gun control issues and other societal issues, the sheer volume of them is both mind numbing and enlightening.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:01:35 PM PST

    •  I don't know how long it takes to gather... (8+ / 0-)

      but I do know this is only about 1/5 of the daily gun deaths...we average about 80 a day.

      We are not broke, we are being robbed.

      by Glen The Plumber on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:15:22 PM PST

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    •  Methodology (4+ / 0-)

      Tom stays focused on his work, so he doesn't comment much here. He has written this a couple times, in response to questions about how he compiles this info:

      After Sandy Hook, I wanted to do something that might tune people into the need for better gun control.
      The information I post here is my bare-bones version of stories from a bunch of newspaper and local-television websites.
      I'm covering a good part of the U.S., but not all of it. As a result, my list doesn't include every daily shooting.
      Tom Begnal
      Compiling an exhaustive database of all 100,000 shootings/year would take a small army of volunteers, but crowd-sourcing might accomplish it, if a few people took the lead. (I'm swamped, can't do it.) Maybe some schools could get together, and work on it?

      E.g., it could start with a Google Doc spreadsheet, like this one, for example (take a look!):  

      But the column headings should reflect scholarly/scientific/medical research, as well as serious policy measures. (I just hastily drafted a few, as examples -- needs more thought and care.)

      GoogleDocs has a limit of 200,000 data-points (cells) per spreadsheet, so if there are 26 columns, this means only 7,692 rows (incidents). So it would have to move to a different platform, or be broken down by state or city, if it grew.

      Anyone want to take this on, or know someone who might? (They can take over the file, completely.)

      Join us at RASA: Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment. (Repeal will not ban guns, just help regulate them.)

      by Sharon Wraight on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:03:00 AM PST

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