More bad math from Shull

Added to his bad math on COVID, Shull promotes bad math about guns.

He posted this meme on Facebook on April 29, 2021. Let’s take a look at the math.

May be an image of text that says 'Mark Shull 2h LET'S DO SOME MATH USING CDC NUMBERS: THERE WERE 32,000 GUN DEATHS LAST YEAR 60%ARESUICIDE 19,200 ACCIDENTS- 4%AREJUSTIFIED-1,280 33%AREHOMICIDES-10,56 80% OF HOMICIDES ARE GANG 8,448 A COUNTRY WITH THATLEAVES F312MILLION HAVE A0.00010256410256% CHANCE OF DEATHBY FIREARM YOU NOT PART OF A GANG, DON'T COMMIT CRIME OR PLAN ON COMMITTING SUICIDE, YOU HAVE A 0.000008564102564% CHANCEOF DEATH BY FIREARM NOT A PROBLEM- THE MEDIA ELECTED OFFICIALS ΤΟ YOU'

“There were 32,000 gun deaths last year.”

What year? Sources for gun deaths in 2020 point to 44,000 killed by guns. (https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/past-tolls).

“60% are suicides”

The figure for 2020 is 55%. That’s 24,000 lives. Is Shull seriously supporting saying that people killing themselves with guns is not a problem? Easy access to guns leads to death- 90% of suicide attempt with a gun are fatal, versus 4% of those not involving a gun. (https://everytownresearch.org/…/the-rise-of-firearm…/) And the rate of suicide by gun by children is skyrocketing, increasing by over 42% in the last decade. https://everytownresearch.org/…/the-rise-of-firearm…/ 3000 dead children is a problem. 21,000 dead adults is a problem.

“3% are accidents.”

Once again, this isn’t a problem? Especially considering that the majority of the victims of these accidents are children? (https://www.aftermath.com/…/accidental-shooting-deaths…/)

“4% are justified”

That’s probably the takeaway here. If 4% are justified…96% are not. Nor do we know what the definition of “justified” is here. In 2020, 3% of gun deaths were officer-involved shootings where the officer killed a person and an additional 3% were defensive use. (https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/past-tolls)

“33% are homicides; 80% of homicides are gang-related.”

This is false. Although we don’t have figures specific to 2020, the National Gang Center under the Department of Justice estimated that from 2007 through 2012, 13% of U.S. homicides were gang-related. (https://www.politifact.com/…/are-most-murders…/)

This meme is incredibly insensitive. Every unnecessary loss of life is a tragedy, and the data shows that those tragedies increase tremendously with the proliferation of guns. Gun deaths in the US per 100,000 people are 5 times those of Canada, 10 times those of Australia, almost 30 times more than Spain. (https://www.pewresearch.org/…/what-the-data-says-about…/)It isn’t our personal danger of getting murdered that is the correct metric. It’s the incalculable pain and suffering that gun tragedies bring. Every mother who grieves for a child who took their own life. Every father who lives with the guilt that their child killed another with an unsecured gun. Every woman lost to domestic violence. These are not statistics- they are people. And to reduce their stories to a baseless, harmful meme is reprehensible.

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