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“First, we must address the single greatest threat to young Americans’ lives: gun violence,” congressman Eric Swalwell explained in an essay laying out the reasons for his vanity presidential run. “It is astonishing and unacceptable that we have let school massacres become part of daily life.”
In the real world, guns aren’t even in the vicinity of being the “single greatest threat” in the lives of young Americans and school massacres are a rare event that the vast majority of Americans will, luckily, never experience—other than those moments when adults subject them to another traumatizing and useless shooting drill or politicians tell them they are in constant mortal danger.
Kids - Fact - Today - History - Data
Kids, in fact, are safer and healthier today than they’ve ever been in our history. Almost all the data offered by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other studies regarding the lives of American children is on a positive trend, in general.
It’s undeniable that horrifying mass shooting have a bigger impression on the American psyche than the random shootings that actually drive the homicide rate. There’s an inherent evil in the act of a mass shooting that is incomprehensible for any normal person to process. That’s no excuse for the cynical exploitation of these events. And putting these events in context isn’t the same as dismissing them.
Arms - Problem - Shootings - People - Definition
It’s difficult to get your arms around the problem of shootings, because people keep changing the definition of “mass shooting” to serve their political bias. But even if we take the most liberal definition of the phrase, mass shootings are “one of the rarest mortality risks imaginable,” as Cato’s Alan Reynolds has pointed out. From 1982 to early 2018, mass shootings account for around 23 deaths per year. Not kids; all deaths. An American has a far higher chance of drowning in a swimming...
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