From Freedom Writer’s Publishing, in part…
(…) So when the media started posting this ‘fact’ that there has been more mass shootings than days this year, I was suspect. I saw the number 355 repeated over and over again.
If you pay attention to the news you probably saw this number too. And it would be understandable if your natural reaction was ‘REALLY?! That doesn’t seem right’.
It turns out, you are right. That number is complete BS.
This article lays it out in perfect detail: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/opinion/how-many-mass-shootings-are-there-really.html?_r=0
Here’s the facts:
- There have been 355 incidents where 4 or more people were killed under ANY circumstances
- The vast majority of these cases were, of course, driven by gang violence, robbery, or domestic violence
- The most common definition we use of a true ‘mass shooting’ is one where the victims are random, a shooter or shooter attack a public place, and the motive is political or religious
So how many true ‘mass shootings’ of random victims in a public place have there been this year?
Four. FOUR. 4!
And the common media fallacy that more guns means more gun deaths? Completely false.
The chart below shows that there is ZERO correlation between gun ownership and murder rates.
In fact, according to this article below, gun deaths have been steadily declining for two decades.
So next time you see those ‘facts’ from the media, you know what to do. File it right under ‘more mainstream media bullsh*!