OPINION – Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Not all of you are familiar with Astrophysicist and television personality Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson but he is quite famous.
He will probably be even more famous after a controversial tweet he posted following this weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.
His tweet seemingly pointed out an apparent low death rate when compared with other types of tragedies.
In the tweet, Tyson listed several other means by which Americans perish every 48 hours, and claimed emotion often clouds the facts in situations like these, Fox News reports.
“In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose… 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Flu 250 to Suicide 200 to Car Accidents 40 to Homicide via Handgun Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data,” he wrote Sunday.
In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.
On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…
500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide via Handgun
Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 4, 2019
Yikes. Even though the data is presumably correct, the timing of the tweet is perplexing and has many people pissed off.
Several celebrities and other verified Twitter accounts condemned deGrasse Tyson’s tweet, with some even urging him to take it down.
How do you not see the difference between an honest medical error and someone being needlessly killed by a white supremacist? Stick to gatekeeping science
— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) August 4, 2019
This is an awful, painful take. Delete this.
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) August 4, 2019
A person can be both intellectually brilliant and practically asinine.
Case in point…
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 4, 2019
I’m just gonna throw this out there – what if all of those were bad and preventing any of them is good?
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 4, 2019
On average, across any 48 hrs, people need to get medical help, Catch the flu, & drive. They don't need the types of weapons and accessories that are often used in shootings such as these.For a guy who often likes to show the world how smart he is, this is a really stupid tweet.
— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) August 4, 2019
Fox News reached out to deGrasse Tyson for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. He has not responded to the backlash nor removed the tweet as of 6:20 p.m. EST.
Tweets like this as well as calls for gun confiscation etc. should not be posted so soon after these tragedies in my humble opinion.
What are your thoughts?
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
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