4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 20, 2012 4:14 PM by Shawn Wallwork

    Death by Firearms Around the World

    Shawn Wallwork

      Yesterday the NY Times published a highlight text table that accompanied an editorial by Charles M. Blow about guns in America. His lead states:

       

      "Sometimes I think the best argument is raw data. This is one of those times."

       

      I could not disagree more strongly. In his conclusion he finally gets to the story he is trying to tell when he says:

       

      "In fact, America has more homicides by gun than all of the other high-income O.E.C.D. countries combined. It’s just shameful."

      I couldn't agree more. It is unfortunate that he wasted this opportunity to demonstrate his point with a more appropriately designed data visualization. Here is my remake of his text table:

       

      http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/Firearms/Death?:embed=y

       

      Thoughts?

       

      --Shawn

       

      Here is the NYT graphic:

       

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