Saturday, December 15, 2012

Such A Sad Day Yesterday

Mass murders around the world since the turn of the century.

1910 to 1920 - 1
1921 to 1930 - 0
1931 to 1940 - 1
1941 to 1950 - 1
1951 to 1960 - 1
1961 to 1970 - 4
1971 to 1980 - 9
1981 to 1990 - 11
1991 to 2000 - 20
2001 to 2010 - 38
2011 to 2012 - 16
Notice a spike here?

Another sad statistic. 87% of children killed by guns are American.

Sorry to be so gloomy today.

1 comment:

  1. A very sad Stat. for sure Dave-- I understand Morgan Freeman has Something to say about this...

    It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
    people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

    CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

    You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news."