posted on Jan, 2 2013 @ 09:10 PM
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
The statistics presented here do not show a fair representation of the reality, for example America leads the word in number of mass shootings and
number of fatalities as a result of mass shootings, those statistics are much more significant that these. This is a 5 year period looking at
shootings “per capital”.
It's called "per capita" - I don't know what "per capital" means.
Raw data is not a "statistic." It is "raw data." Per capita measurements are applied to contextualize data.
America has 314 million people living in it - 300% more than the next largest nation in the OECD.
There are 60,000,000 Americans who are underweight, according to WHO. There are 15,000,000 French who are underweight. By your logic, America has a
fitter population than France. But it doesn't, because those 60 million account for only 20% of the U.S. while the 15 million French account for 25%
of their population.
Nations are always compared by percentile factors.
You are changing the rules of the game when you hear data you don't want to hear.
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoinThe fact is that these statistics can be mostly attributed to “one off” events, but in
America mass shootings are not “one off events” they are turning into a devastatingly regular occurrence. There is no denying this, it is a fact.
Three ultra-violent mass shootings in Finland - with a population the size of North Carolina - is not a one-off event. There were even more that are
outside the time period.
Four mass shootings in Germany - and one they didn't include in the table because it was a "political crime" - is not one-off. Plus all the ones that
are outside the time period like the Erfurt massacre when 16 Germans were slaughtered but it happened before 2008.
You hear about "shooting events" in America "every week" for the same reason you hear about America winning more Olympic gold medals than Finland. It
has a larger population and more opportunities for shooting events or Olympic medal wins to occur. If we allow ourselves to be guided by the volume of
the media, we will come to conclusions similar to yours. If we allow ourselves to be guided by science and reason, we won't.
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by AtticusRye because: (no reason given)