My father worked in the oil industry all of his life here in southern Louisiana. Every year or so, he would travel to Houston to take a series of safety courses. This was required by his company to keep everyone safe and given the amount of offshore injury billboards between Chauvin and New Orleans, probably to distance themselves from liability. Regardless, his company invested in keeping their employees safe and my father is safely retired at home now.
Soon after the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, I found myself in an all too familiar place of sadness and disbelief. How does this continue to happen? What are we doing to protect ourselves? How are we holding ourselves accountable? What can we do? What can I do?
Inspired by my father’s career in an industrial workplace, I thought about how appropriate it would be to create a “Days Without Incident” sign to reflect the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. The inspiration is a great example of information design. Not only does it frame the issue, it gives us an indication of our current progress and a record to strive for. While this may seem simplified, the equation of life and life is even simpler. It’s binary.
The data I’m using comes from Gun Violence Archive. Their definition of a mass shooting is based on an event in which 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter. I calculated from the existing 2017–2018 data that the largest gap between shootings was 9 days. I then wrote a simple script which checks their archive daily and adjusts the current and best records accordingly. Please visit massshooting.us to view our current progress.
At the time of this post, Walmart and Dick’s have both raised the gun buying age to 21 and removed automatic weapons or high-powered rifles from their stores.
Do your part to help make a new record.
I’ll see you on March 24th for the March for our Lives.