Gun deaths in your district: what have your elected representatives done?

Gun deaths in your district: what have your elected representatives done?

Organisation: Guardian US (United States)

Publication Date: 04/11/2016

Size of team/newsroom:large


High-profile mass shootings in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs grabbed national attention and sparked debate about how to reduce gun violence. But Congress still hasn’t passed a single bill strengthening gun regulations, even though gun violence extends beyond mass shootings with an average of more than 30 gun deaths per day in 2015. Using data compiled by Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization that tracks gun-related deaths and injuries, this project aimed to show readers their representatives’ record on gun legislation compared with the number of deaths in their district.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

This project uniquely combines multiple datasets to inform readers about gun violence in their communities and how their representatives stand on the issue. The number of deaths for each congressional district is mapped along with shareable cards on each representative, showing their NRA rating, money received from the gun lobby, and voting record on gun legislation. Readers are then able to contact their representative directly from the app by phone or through Twitter.

Technologies used for this project:

The project is written in JavaScript, specifically using library that is maintained by team member Rich Harris, Ractive.js. We also used Mapbox for the mapping.
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