[Ed. – 1,275. That’s the number of homicides in Chicago in 2017 and 2018. Two years. Print their names, @washingtonpost.]
The Washington Post made a powerful statement about the toll that mass shootings have taken on the U.S. over the last few decades by printing the names of all those killed by such acts of violence since 1966.
“Eleven hundred ninety-six,” the newspaper tweeted alongside an image of the list. “That’s the number of names on this page. People who were doing ordinary things until they were shot to death by killers bent on mass fatalities.”
The Post published the staggering list, which spanned 12 pages of the Sunday print edition, following a series of mass shootings across the country that left more than 30 people dead in recent weeks.
Of the nearly 1,200 victims listed, roughly a third of them died between the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 and the massacre in Dayton, Ohio, last Sunday.