Courtesy of the Washington Post on Sunday December 13, 2015, we now have a “clear” picture of how bad the gun violence is in this country. “50 years of mass shootings in the U.S.” screams the headline followed by an info-graphic that captures all of the well known tragic gun related shootings that we recall vividly or perhaps with just a hint of remembrance if you’re old enough. But there are missing pieces to this carefully constructed puzzle. In the fine print the Washington Post notes that this info-graphic:
“does not include gang killings, shootings that began as other crimes such as robberies, and killings that involved only the shooter’s family.”
That seems like a wide swath of omitted data and makes the reader question the motives of such cherry picking journalism. We’ll leave it up to you to determine why those tragic categories of violence shouldn’t be considered “mass shootings.”
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