Liam Stack Sells Fear At New York Times
New York Times writer Liam Stack asked the newspaper’s readers this question: “How often, if ever, do you think about the possibility of a shooting in your daily life?”. Today, Stack published some of the answers, with people saying things like, “We are sitting ducks,” or “I constantly rehearse in my head the steps I would take to protect me and my kids from a shooter,” or “Is this the day? Will a shooter pick my daughter’s school because it only has one access road?”
Only once in his article did Stack refer briefly to one reader who “found comfort in statistics”. What were those comforting statistics?
Liam Stack didn’t include that information in his article. Instead, he plastered this alarmist headline up: “‘I Think About It Daily’: Life in a Time of Mass Shootings”.
Here’s the statistic that Liam Stack and the New York Times didn’t see fit to print:
More than 99.99986% of Americans were not attacked in any mass shooting this year.
We live in a “Time of Mass Shootings” in the same sense that we live in a Time of Chondrosarcoma, or a Time of Running Faster Than A Four Minute Mile, or a Time of Owning A Hundred Foot Yacht. There are people out there with these experiences, but they’re not at all typical, and no one pretends that they are.
So, why are so many people spending so much time making public statements claiming that they are afraid of becoming a victim of a mass shooting, when in fact, almost nobody ever does?
Why is the New York Times promoting this irrational paranoia?