New WaPo Graphic Shows 1,196 Mass Shootings Victims Over Last 54 Years

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On Sunday, the Washington Post shared a list of names which included every person victim killed each mass shooting since 1966—all 1196 names.

The headline was kept simple: “54 years, 165 mass shootings, 1,196 victims: The Lives Lost” and each of the names followed.

The page serves as a powerful reminder that each individual—some of which were fathers, mothers, friends, neighbors, children—was tragically killed in a mass shooting incident somewhere in America.

Check it out:

The page was shared on the heels of a pair of mass shooting incidents just a week ago in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where more than 30 people were killed.

Twitchy reports that several people online argued, however gripping the page may be, it seems to counter the mainstream media narrative that gun violence and mass shootings are an epidemic in the country.

Just under 1,200 mass shooting deaths over 54 years amounts to just over 22 deaths per year, Twitter user @NoahPollak said in a post. He also called the Washington Post effort “a media own goal.”

Georgetown Law professor Randy Barnett called the mass shootings a “very rare event” that mainstream media is “politicizing.”

Editor Robert Tacinski said the manner of printing every victim of any incident would make it look just as daunting.

“This is virulent innumeracy: trying to make a comparatively rare event look much bigger than it is by the way you print it out,” he said in a tweet. “Figure out how many of these pages it would take to print the names of everybody struck by lightning since 1966.”

Other people echoed these sentiments:

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