Lexington man's website tracks gun violence across the country
With a shower of
, the massacre in Las Vegas quickly became incomprehensible in its magnitude - even for someone like Mark Bryant, who works every day to catalog shootings across the country.
"This one," he said, sighing - "this one is just not good. This is going to change a lot of things. Like 9/11 changed the way we did a lot of things, this has the potential to change a lot of the way we do things."
Bryant, of Lexington, runs
, a non-profit organization that operates an online database of gun-related violence in the United States.
Bryant said he was up all night late Sunday and early Monday, tracking information from Las Vegas to keep the website up to date. He has a team of paid researchers across the country who work to log every shooting.
Their website allows them to list 150 victims in each shooting. The long list of those hurt and killed in Las Vegas
. They will have to expand that - by hundreds - to fit all the victims from the Las Vegas shooting.
"As I've told a lot of people, I am not anti-gun," Bryant told WKYT's Garrett Wymer. "I am anti-gun-violence. I own guns. So I'm certainly not someone who's going to say, 'Take all the guns.' On the other side of that coin, I've been with this enough to know there are places we can do better."
The website has been busier than ever since the shooting in Las Vegas, Bryant said. National and international journalists -
- contacted him throughout the day to
and put the shooting in statistical context.
Bryant said he knows it is important to have accurate information out there - after all, he said, that is why he started the website - but still, the numbers take their toll on him.
"It's one of those things that your brain looks at it and goes, 'Hey, this is good that we're projecting, we're giving good information out, we're getting a better following,'" he said. "The fact that we're doing it on the backs of dead people, that bothers me. But the information has to be there."
Until the Las Vegas shooting, the attack at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida that killed 50 and injured 58 was the country's deadliest attack.