Data Lag

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 9, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Thanks for the good mention in your article [“Point Austin: The Death Cult of the Gun,” News, Sept. 4]. One of the reasons you will always see a lag in “Last 72 Hours” is that it takes time to compile the data from disparate sources – not all report in the time frame of the incident. As we look at our aggregate number trends, there is an average of 33.6 deaths per day. But we don’t always get our information for a week or so as it sorts through everyone’s processes.
    We don’t intentionally track suicides due to both HIPAA and the way law enforcement and coroners report those. We collect those in the aggregate quarterly and annually.
    When we use 2014 data and compare apples to apples, we believe we hit over 95% of deaths, a bit less for injuries.
    Again, thanks for using our work. That is why we are here.
Mark Bryant
Gun Violence Archive
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