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Statistics To Help You Stop Freaking Out About Mass Shootings

Earlier today, I tried to point out that people’s panic about mass shootings in the United States has gone far beyond reason by writing a satirical article about the claim that mass shootings are everywhere. In times like these, however, some people are too freaked out by the stories that spread over social media and TV news to process satire.

So, let me put the scope of the actual danger of mass shootings in perspective:

The number of people killed in mass shootings in the United States this year is 462.

One of our readers suggested that this number of deaths by mass shootings justifies the policy of handing out a lot more guns, and having people bring those guns into work with them, just in case someone wants to try a mass shooting. However, there are actually more deaths by accidental gun discharge every year than there deaths by mass shootings. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (which is from 2013, sorry), 505 Americans were killed by guns that went off accidentally. If you start handing out large numbers of additional guns to people for “protection”, many more people will die from additional gun accidents than will be saved from mass shootings.

However, even the gun accident death rate isn’t enough to put the mass shooting death toll in perspective.

The CDC’s most recent data shows that 29,0001 people a year die from drinking so much alcohol that their bodies are fatally poisoned. Even more Americans, 30,028, die every year from falling down.

mass shooting deaths in perspective graph

Please share this graphic with your social media network to help tamp down the latest panic about mass shootings.

No matter what our individual beliefs are about gun control or mass gun distribution programs, we all should agree that we don’t make the best decisions when we’re freaking out.

4 thoughts on “Statistics To Help You Stop Freaking Out About Mass Shootings”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    Very good article. You could add the figures for suicides by guns and deaths by non-mass shootings.

  2. Korky Day says:

    However, if they freak out less, will they be less inclined to fix the problems?

    1. J Clifford says:

      Sometimes, the fix to a problem becomes worse than the problem itself, when it is out of proportion. I would not have chemotherapy for every new bump that appears on my skin.

      Better to put it in perspective, and deal with it responsibly. Hype never leads to wise decisions.

  3. Jon sanders says:

    Nice followup to your original post.

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