"The Trace" a gun control group, has put together this nifty map. When you zoom out it looks bad, because even a single incident shows up when you zoom out to near lunar orbit distances instead of disappearing as it should very early in the zoom as being insignificant. One dot in the middle of nowhere covers (visually) 20 square miles or more on the map at that zoomed out distance, and appears as strong as 30 or more shooting in one square mile zoomed in. The map of the US really lights up at that distance.In fact. And of course, it maps 5 years of activity.
But... Zoom in and the map tells a different story. Looking at Illinois you can see huge areas with no activity, or very little, vs. the concentrations around Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan, Aurora, etc. Even then it seems odd because Chicago looks almost all yellow or red while I know from other maps that there are large areas of Chicago without much homicide. In the Northshore where all the moms screech, virtually nothing. I wonder how a DUI deaths map would look in comparison? Or an opoid deaths map?