The Elephant on the Beach

Soapbox….Soapbox…….

The recent Florida shooting was tragic, no argument on that. As they all are. What I hate is all the political hand wringing and smoke blowing that occurs while the blood is still wet on the ground.

There were numerous signs that this young man (boy) was seriously disturbed and there were many indications of problems. Something should have been done. Again, I have no argument.

I am not going to argue “gun control”, or any of the other topics that will come up. Gun control is really people control and that I disagree with that goal.

I want to say something about the way the argument is sometimes skewed.

It is being reported there have been 18 school shootings so far in 2018. Let’s look at those numbers;

New York; a gun was fired in a school; 0 injured; ruled an accident

Minnesota; a gun was fired by a security guard; 0 injured; an accident

Maryland; a gun was used in a robbery; victim was killed

Penns.; a gun was fired during a fight; victim was killed

Mich.; a gun was fired in a school parking lot; 0 injured

Alabama; a gun was fired in a school parking lot; 0 injured

Texas; a gun was fired during a teenage domestic; 0 injured

Louisiana; a gun was fired during a drive by shooting near a school; 0 injured

Texas; a gun was fired during a drive by shooting near a school; 0 injured

California; a gun was fired during a drive by shooting near a school; 0 injured

Arizonia; a gun was fired by a student committing suicide; victim was killed

Texas; a gun was fired by a student in a school; 0 injured; ruled an accident

Washington State; 2shoots were fired at a school during a drive by; 0 injured

Michigan; ; a gun was fired by a student committing suicide; victim was killed

(These are as reported by the Safe Everytown (Fair Gun Control) stats page.)

 

I don’t think these are anywhere the same magnitude as the Florida assault. But if you only read the headline, and only their numbers, you’d think it was the television wild west.

I say “television wild west” because historical facts show there were more gunfights on just “Gunsmoke”, then were recorded in the entire west from just after the civil war to the end of the century.

If we’re going to report numbers and incidents, let’s report them fairly. Don’t just use them to frighten everyone into agreeing with you. If you scare anyone badly enough, they’ll agree with anything that will make them feel safe, whether it does or not.

 

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