502 people have been killed in shootings involving four or more victims in the US this year. That is out of a whopping 231,000,000 people living in the US. That means your odds of being shot in a mass shooting in this record-breaking year for mass shootings is still only 0.000002%, about the same as your chances of being struck by lightning. So buy a lightning rod. It's cheaper. Maybe if the news were covering the 500 or so people struck by lightning this year as much as they're covering mass shootings, you would.
Anyway, I say all this because people need to keep in mind how absolutely massive the US is, and the way we have national networks reporting nationally many times over, it creates a microcosm and thus magnifies these events in our perception, so incidents can easily seem like they are happening in greater proportion and thus with greater likelihood than they really are. Is it tragic that 502 people have died this way this year? Yes. Out of a country of 231,000,000 people, though, 502 is so infinitesimal that even this year it equates to a risk of it happening to you that is so extremely negligible that worrying that it will happen to you is more than kind of crazy. Spend your defense-against-mass-shooters gun money preparing for an actual eventuality, like retirement, not on something that only has a 0.000002% chance of happening to you.
Put half a million names in a giant hat, HALF A MILLION! Draw just one name out, JUST ONE! Those are your chances of needing to defend yourself against a mass shooter. And even those odds are inflated since most of those shooting four, five, six people are shooting their families or next door neighbors or people they've had some argument with or opposing gang members and aren't really what we think of when we think of mass shooters, which is someone going into a crowd and shooting randomly at people they don't even know.
· 1 year ago