The Trace was founded a year and a half ago with the mission of telling the story of gun violence in the United States. We are devoted to shining light on the massive human cost of an epidemic that leaves more than 100,000 victims dead or injured each year; describing the financial toll it exacts on communities and taxpayers; and exposing the tactics of the lobbyists pushing firearms into ever more public spaces and American institutions. But while we are the only newsroom devoted full-time to covering this beat, we are not the only journalists who report on this issue. We consistently learn from the efforts of local and national reporters around the U.S. who show willingness to engage deeply with a subject that at times seems intractable. Here, a list of the gun violence reporting that stuck with us most in 2016. We hope you’ll make time for these revelatory stories in your year-end reading.
The Gun Violence Reporting That Most Inspired Us in 2016