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Gun emoji usage analysis

Jane Solomon collected tweets that used the gun emoji, and looked at what emojis were used before and after as a way to see how people used the gun. It seems that the sarcastic and reflexive gun emoji pairings are extremely popular, which matches my expectations and the knowledge I brought into this exercise. One result that surprised me was the high collocation with the gun and various heart emoji....

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Public versus experts, gun control

With this scatterplot, Quoctrung Bui and Margo Sanger-Katz for The Upshot describe where experts and the public agree and disagree on gun control. Basically, whether it’s the best or not, the top right is what policymakers are looking for. Make sure to check out the breakdowns for various groups of people. Tags: guns, Upshot

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Going local on gun violence

Sometimes data can look really noisy when you zoom in close, and so you zoom out to get a better look at an overall trend. Sometimes it goes the other way. The Guardian looks at gun violence data at the local, census tract level, to focus on not just cities, but the clusters within the cities. America’s gun policy debate is usually driven by high-profile mass shootings that seem to...

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Gun deaths

As an introduction to a series on gun deaths in America, FiveThirtyEight uses a straightforward grid view to show the breakdowns. Each square represents a single gun death, and as you click through, the squares are colored to show various groups. For example, the above represents gun deaths from homicide in blue, about half of which are young men and two-thirds of that subgroup are black. Sometimes it’s more useful...

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U.S. gun deaths rate is an outlier

If you look at gun death rates for other western countries and adjust for population, the United States is a sore-thumb outlier. Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz for the Upshot report. Be sure to look at the headline for a few seconds (if you’re on a desktop). It changes to provide different baselines to compare the US rate against. Tags: guns, mortality

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Out-of-state gun purchasing

In states with stricter gun laws, firearms still find their way in. Based on data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, maps by Gregor Aisch and Josh Keller for the New York Times show where the guns came from in 2014. The data represents about 50,000 out-of-state guns used in crimes for the year, and of course, this is just a percentage of what actually gets across....

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