The incidents of the past day or so had me looking at Wikipedia for a list of mass shootings. Sadly, in these past seven days, we’ve begotten as many mass shootings incidents in the United States (three of them) as we had in all of the 1920s and 1940s.
According to another Wikipedia page (and counting Dayton, which hasn’t been added to the list as I saw it), there have been 28 mass shooting incidents since 1949. Two of those 28 took place in one day, roughly 12 hours apart from each other. Eleven of those 28 events have taken place in the past five years – since 2014.
What we often neglect is perspective.
According to yet another Wikipedia page, 36,750 people died in automobile accidents in 2018. Looking around, I see no politicians reaching for our cars.
What of opioid addiction and abuse, you might ask? The NIH suggests over 70,000 Americans died from that in 2017, Oddly enough, no politicians are beating their chests wanting to ban opioids, either.
It’s easy to focus on these shootings with the media’s bright lights shining on them. What frequently gets lost in the era of cable news is perspective and context, and this yet again appears to be one of those times.