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As a world-famous scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for his dispassionate embrace of cold, hard facts...
..which makes him the right person to address a controversial topic: the abnormally high number of Americans who die from gun violence.
Yesterday afternoon, he composed three tweets where he laid out the numbers.
And they're sobering.
* 1.4 Million: Americans who died in all Wars fought since 1776. 1.4 Million: Americans who died via household Guns since 1968— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 9, 2015
According to PolitiFact, this actually slightly understates the case (American war deaths were closer to 1.2 million as of 2013).
* 400,000: Americans who died fighting in World War II. 400,000: Americans who died by household Firearms since 2001— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 9, 2015
This, sadly, is also true.
* 3,400: Americans who died by Terrorism since 2001 3,400: Americans who died by household Firearms since five weeks ago.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 9, 2015
Estimates vary — and Tyson's is on the high end — but 2015 is expected to see approximately 33,000 total gun deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is nearly 3,200 every five weeks (comparable to the nearly 3,400 Americans who have died in terrorist attacks since 2001).
* source: www.upworthy.com...
originally posted by: Iamnotadoctor
a reply to: Tjoran
Wow. What a profoundly logical concept!
You're right! I think we'd all prefer mass murderers to be able to have a gun full of bullets rather than a knife or a baseball bat wouldn't we.
Because they can do so much more damage with either of the latter, can't they!
originally posted by: machineintelligence
a reply to: blupblup
As I pointed out murder is easy, guns are useful for the purpose but not required at all. If the Aurora CO shooter had used chains and locks at entry points and fire bombs far more people would have died in that theater. It would have cost a tiny fraction, been far more terrorizing, and been more deadly had it been a fire bombing instead of a shooting.