We have become so accustomed to gun violence in this country that now only the most heinous acts -- the slaughter of children, or of churchgoers, or of reporters on live TV -- make an impression in the daily news cycle. Even mass shootings have become routine.
It's easy to forget that behind these horrific acts lie the daily drumbeat of gun deaths in America -- dozens of them every day. Only a tiny fraction of these deaths make national headlines, but that makes them no less devastating for the communities and families affected.
2013 is the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has complete data on firearm fatalities in the United States. That year, there were well over 30,000 of them. That's on pace with prior years, and with what we know about the years following. In other words, a perfectly normal year of gun deaths.
Here's what 30,000 deaths look like.
The design for this graphic was inspired by a recent New York Times feature on deaths in Syria.