Since first publishing a report in 2012, the magazine Mother Jones has been continuously maintaining a crowd-sourced spreadsheet of dates, locations, casualties, and other metrics for each instance of a mass shooting that has occurred in the US since 1982. A mass shooting is defined by the FBI and other criminal-justice experts as “a single attack in a public place in which four or more victims were killed.”
Like the shootings in real life, nothing will change unless those who are able to act. The “Enough” button is an attempt to connect form to function: what is the point of aestheticizing data this fraught? Can there be a tangible connection between aesthetics and action? How can music be used to make subjects that might otherwise be paralyzing and overwhelming accessible and knowable? Put another way: how can music move us?