Stop Rewarding

Static Visualization | 2019

Gun ownership is very complicated, especially since the number of mass shootings has risen. Researchers have discovered that media coverage of mass shootings has led to fame-seeking rampage shooters(1).

This visualization combines a dataset from Mother Jones on mass shootings in the United States(2) and a paper published in American Behavioral Scientist in Sep 2017(3). To visually connect them, I combined a timeline and arch diagram to focus on the connections and not the shooters. This was an opportunity to implement No Notoriety, so the attacker’s names were not displayed.

SOURCES
1. “Fame-seeking rampage shooters: Initial findings and empirical predictions” by Adam Lankford
2. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/mass-shootings-mother-jones-full-data/
3. “Don’t Name Them, Don’t Show Them, But Report Everything Else: A Pragmatic Proposal for Denying Mass Killers, the Attention They Seek and Deterring Future Offenders” by Adam Lankford and Eric Madfis