3 Sept Citation: The Myth of the Mass Shooting Epidemic

Washington Examiner The myth of the mass shooting epidemic.
by Brad Polumbo

It’s not all the time I find a counterpoint presentation in the news. This find was courtesy of NRA’s ILA Latest News ticker.

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Refreshingly factual, which is a surprise in today’s media climate.

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Great points from the article:

By nearly a factor of four, more people in America die from the flu and pneumonia than by homicide (all homicides, including non-gun homicides).

But people aren’t running out to get a flu shot with nearly the same fervor with which they’re clamoring for gun control.

Contrast mass shootings with the 12.4 out of 100,000 people who die in car accidents every year, or the 20 out of 100,000 who die from accidental poisoning.

Ropeik aptly points out that the risk of dying in a school shooting is extremely low, and “far lower than many people assume.” As well, this risk is “far lower than almost any other mortality risk a kid faces, including traveling to and from school, catching a potentially deadly disease while in school or suffering a life-threatening injury playing interscholastic sports.”

It’s unhealthy for us as a nation to have such disproportionate fear of a threat that the facts show is actually quite remote. Raw emotion is understandable, but when making policy it’s no substitute for fact.

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