Can you spot what’s missing in this gun violence info-graphic?

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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.”

Feel free to comment below.

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2 thoughts on “Can you spot what’s missing in this gun violence info-graphic?

    On the North River said:
    December 14, 2015 at 10:55 am

    First thing I should mention, ‘Feel free to comment below’ but there was NO ‘Leave a Reply’ until I clicked on the title and entered the post as I did. Then I got the ‘Leave a Reply’. No one browsing down the main page is going to see a place to leave a reply. Hope that helps.

    I’d like to see that graphic above if the four causative factors are backed out; ‘Gun-free Zones’, shooters with severe mental illness, Islamic terror and Democrat controlled government. “My, that looks different!”.


      Confederacy of Drones responded:
      December 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      I see what you mean. I’m not sure how to fix that. It may just be how WordPress handles posts if they aren’t viewed on the direct blog site. I appreciate you pointing that out.


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