Gun violence is a major issue in our country, and it's only getting worse. We cannot attempt to address or solve the problem until we understand better what the relevant factors are. Finding the potential causes can lead to solutions – this is the heart and inspiration of this project. Where is gun violence the worst, and how can understanding these regional differences lead to better policy?
Some key takeaways: between 2016 and 2017, 42.86% of states that expanded Medicaid saw a decrease in rates of gun suicide whereas 30.77% of states that did not expand Medicaid saw a decrease in the same rates. Additionally, gun data is difficult to find. If we don't have good data, we'll always be shooting in the dark trying to solve gun violence.
Data sources for this project are all listed in the project repo here. For more information about this project, please contact Kathleen Doviken, developer, via the mediums below.