On Friday, a visibly upset President Obama addressed the nation after yet another mass shooting.
A young gunman killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college, then committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes, and exchanged fire almost immediately.
The shootings have become routine, Obama said just hours after the massacre. America's response to the shootings has become routine. Why do we take the “war on terror” so seriously, yet do nothing as a nation to change our gun culture?
Addressing reporters, Obama crowdsourced a data journalism request-- brilliantly:
I would ask news organizations, because I won’t put these facts forward — have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade, and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports.
Vox, CNN, Mother Jones, New York Daily News, and other outlets responded quickly, and I'd imagine every news outlet has infographic and data analyst staff working over the weekend to churn out charts that will be online Monday.
Here's a look at some of the stats up so far, via Poynter.
It's pretty grim stuff.
Front page of the New York Daily News for October 2, 2015.
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