Bloomberg released a data visualization tool today that is pretty fascinating and well worth your time to check out. It’s called How Americans Die, and shows an interactive analysis of what has killed Americans over the past 30 years.
There are many things in the tool that stood out to me, one of which is the screenshot below:
The yellow line is the “murder by firearm” category, and as you can see, it’s at or near an all-time low here in the United States (also worth noting is that accidental death by firearms has hardly changed over the past 30 years).
If you read Monderno, you probably already knew this, but consider the source for a second: this tool was created by Bloomberg Visual Data, a team within Bloomberg News that creates “editorially-driven interactive data products for the global business consumer.” Bloomberg News, the company co-founded by the anti-gun Michael Bloomberg himself.
I wonder if he has seen this tool?Â Check it out here.
Update 4/18/2014: For those interested, it looks like the Bloomberg Visual Data team used the CDC Assault/Homicide data, not the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. The CDC and FBI numbers are slightly different because they come from different sources, but both show a downward trend in violent crime to include murder by firearm.