The data in this interactive graphic comes primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Multiple Cause of Death database, which is derived from death certificates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is widely considered the most comprehensive estimate of firearm deaths.
It doesn’t really matter which beach in New York you choose. The results come out the same anywhere. But since I needed a specific point to plot on the map, I went with Montauk, NY. It’s at the tip of Long Island and has a clear, unobstructed view of the Atlantic ocean.