Facts and figures get a little massaged following a mass shooting. One media outlet claims a certain statistic while another outdoes the first, and pretty soon Governor Terry McAullife is saying guns kill 93 million people a day.
The New York Times is pushing a particularly misleading figure on mass shootings. First, here’s the graphic:
In the 477 days between the horrific shootings at Pulse nightclub and Las Vegas, there were 521 mass shootings. https://t.co/FWpEymJ11q
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2017
The article didn’t make an argument; it displayed filled-out calendars marking the days on which “mass shootings” took place. The piece was titled: “477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action From Congress.” The editorial board relied on data from the Gun Violence Archive to assert that there have been 521 mass shootings since the start of June 2016.
The New York Times was going for the dramatic. Well it worked, but they’re now getting some unwanted attention in the form of scrutiny. That’s what happens when one goes full retard.
Now, let’s compare their figures to the FBI’s:
- The Gun Violence Archive’s definition of “mass shooting,” used by the NYT, is a shooting that “involves four or more people injured or killed in a single event at the same time and location.”
- Federal law defines “mass killings” as having three or more deaths. A strong majority of the “mass shootings” referred to by the archive and the NYT fall short of that benchmark.
Injuries vs. deaths. That’s the rub.
The figures of the NYT clumped bar brawls in with the Vegas Shooting. Seems similar, sure. But only to those who spend their days in fairy land. Try it next time your’e out and about. “Yeah, I was in a bar fight and a guy pulled a gun. It’s totes the same as what happened in Las Vegas.”
What is the actual number of mass shootings? Do they really happen as much as the media is saying? How many marshmallows can you fit into your mouth at a time?
We can answer the former, not the latter:
- The FBI defines an “active shooter” — like Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock as an “individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.”
- There were 40 active shooter situations accounting for 92 total deaths in 2014 and 2015, according to an FBI study released in 2016. The Gun Violence Archive claims there were 607 “mass shootings” over that same time period.
One of these things is not like the other. Definitely not as high as news anchors are shouting from the tops of their presumptuous piles of horse feces, in offices likely guarded with armed security. Beware of any and all statistics coming from the media. They still think silencers make guns completely silent. Just because you speak in front of a camera doesn’t mean you have a higher intellect than an amoeba.
More rebuttals against more propaganda. That’s how we roll.