Saturday, August 18, 2012

Imagine That...

Sent in by Skidmark was this interesting tidbit...

MURDER AND MAYHEM: No increase in mass shootings
When it comes to gun violence, no one can deny that the Summer of 2012 has seemed especially horrific. In May, a disgruntled man, known in the community for his belligerent manner, shot up a Seattle cafe after being denied service, killing five before committing suicide. Then we witnessed the massacre of 12 moviegoers in Colorado and now a rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that claimed the lives of six worshippers plus the gunman who was killed by the police.
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There is one not-so-tiny flaw in all of these theories for the increase in mass shootings. And that is that mass shootings have not increased in number or in overall body count, at least not over the past several decades.

Oopsie.

So, what has changed, then? Could it be the reporting of these incidents? Could it be that the media has been breathlessly reporting these incidents in a desperate attempt to shore up the fringe left? The comments to that article are full of the frothing-at-the-mouth type of anti-gun crap so prominent in the Volksrepublik; even the author delves into the "we need to look at how people get guns". Yet the fact is inescapable - mass shootings are not on the rise.

In other words, no, we don't need to do anything, because it's a completely fabricated problem...

That is all.

5 comments:

Larry said...

I've often thought that the incidence of violent crime hasn't changed so much as the incidence of us being aware of it. With 24 hour news cycles they have to come up with something to fill the time, so what was once merely local news now gets broadcast nation (and sometimes world) wide.
Strangest thing I've ever seen, watching myself wave from the flight deck of USS George Washington as we went through the Suez. I had just enough time to wave and get below to see myself on the TV due to the broadcasting delay.
Technology...ain't it something?

Chris said...

And let's not forget that the typical leftist is not capable with any kind of math; empathy is their strong suit. So they "feel" that there is a gun-crime problem, or they "feel" that we should invest in alternative energy sources, or they "feel" that global warming is a clear and present danger. But they cannot understand the math: no there isn't, alternative energy costs more and supplies less, and (again) no it isn't. So they whine more loudly. (Since their ignorant and pathological hate/fear of guns has been going on so long, could it be called a vintage whine?)

Ed said...

When you cannot control reality, some seek comfort in controlling the perception of reality. It does not matter what is, what does matter is what you believe to be.

Andie said...

Given that we have "instant" updates that make us feel like we are in the loop, I often wish that those "responsible" journalists and their fact-finders/vetters would get back on the job. To wit:
http://news.yahoo.com/y--big-story--how-the-media-should-cover-mass-shootings--and-why-it-can-t.html

Andie said...

Follow up: Mother Jones provides some interesting data here:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map

and here:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map?page=2