CONSERVATIVEHQ.COM September 24, 2019 – The Sunday, September 22, 2019 New York Times had a center page above the fold promotion of an article “Inside A Deadly American Summer,” that began with a false premise and ended with an outright lie.
false premise was that this past summer was somehow more deadly and recorded
more fatalities due to “mass shootings.”
As Brad Palumbo documented in a September 3 article for the Washington Examiner, such a claim is completely unfounded. Despite the liberal media’s profit-motivated mass coverage of these tragic events, and despite frequent exploitation by gun-control activists, actual mass shootings remain a statistical rarity and a much-exaggerated threat.
nearly a factor of four, wrote Palumbo, more people in America die from the flu
and pneumonia than by homicide (all homicides, including non-gun homicides).
to the fake news about “gun violence” promoted by Far-Left outlets such
as The New York Times,
much of the population has been scared into radically over-estimating the
prevalence of mass shootings and gun violence in general.
Mr. Palumbo reported, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 4.5 people out of 100,000 die each year from various forms of firearm homicide. Mass shootings, in turn, account for less than 1% of homicides.
way of looking at it observed Palumbo is to consider rifle homicides
specifically, because the topic always turns to “assault
weapons.” There are
only 300 to 400 deaths in a given year from all rifles, including the ones
someone might call “assault weapons.”
You are 50% more likely to be killed by a blunt object.
also unclear, says Mr. Palumbo, despite what media coverage and some
dubiously-generated statistics would suggest, that “mass shootings” are even
getting more frequent.
a study cited by Mr. Palumbo, Northeastern University criminologist James Alan
Fox found that “the number of mass shooting victims, perpetrators, and
incidents didn’t change much from 1980 to 2014.”
Palumbo also reminded us that in a 2018 Washington
Post op-ed, Harvard instructor David Ropeik explained that
according to his calculations, “the statistical likelihood of any given public
school student being killed by a gun, in school, on any given day since 1999
was roughly 1 in 614,000,000.” That’s
right: one in 614 million. Your odds of winning the lottery are 1 in 300
Ropeik aptly pointed 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.” [Read More]