Insights

Mass Shootings for the Week of July 28 - August 4, 2019

In one week, three shootings rocked the US, killing 34 and injuring 66. While the clustering of these events has elevated awareness, this has been part of an ongoing trend. Since August 2018 there have been 37 mass shootings (meaning at least four people were killed) resulting in 191 dead and 108 injured.
Mass Shootings for the Week of July 28 - August 4, 2019

While the immediate damage is obvious, the widespread impact is harder to understand. The total population of the cities that had the recent mass shootings is over 12.8 million people – many of whom may now feel less safe in public.

Communities Impacted by Mass Shootings during July 28 - August 4, 2019

Understanding the impact of these events, not just on the immediate victims but on the entire community, is vital for responding appropriately and understanding what students need to feel safe and supported. The online searches made by members of the impacted communities, as well as searches by those outside, give us insight into how people are responding and the emotional sentiment trends resulting.

Shared and Unique Twitter Hashtags Associatedwith Mass Shootings during July 28 - August 4, 2019
List compiled by analyzing hashtags appearing concurrently with #elpaso, #dayton, or #gilroy in the days after the tragedies.

Online conversations around the recent mass shootings offer insight into how communities are processing and responding to these recent tragedies. In addition to the hashtags illustrated above, the following is a list of popular hashtags that also appeared concurrently with #elpaso, #dayton, or #gilroy in the days after the tragedies:

#2a / #america / #assaultweaponsban / #banassaultweapons / #banassaultweaponsnow / #commonsensegunreform / #communityshield / #daytonshooting / #daytonstrong / #domesticterrorism / #domesticterrorist / #dosomething / #elpasoshooting / #elpasostrong / #enoughisenough / #guncontrol / #gunreform / #gunreformnow / #guns / #gunsense / #gunviolence / #hashtagsarentenough / #impeachtrump / #massacremitch / #massacremoscowmitch / #moscowmitch / #nra / #nrabloodmoney / #nraisaterroristorganization / #racistgop / #racistinchief / #racistpresident / #resist / #trump / #trumpsterrorists / #votethemout / #weaponsofwar / #whitenationalistterrorism / #whitesupremacist / #whitesupremacistinchief / #whitesupremacistterrorism / #whitesupremacy


Editor's Recommendation: To see the impact of current events on student moods, review Social Sentinel Data Lab's U.S. Student Emotional Sentiment in Near Real-Time: Gauging Happiness, Fear, Harm, and Anger

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