From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:
May 18, 2022
Sadly, mass shootings are back in the news with the second Dylann Roof-style white-racist-on-black-innocents mass shooting of the past seven years, this one not in a Charleston church but in a Buffalo supermarket.
But despite all the chatter about mass shootings, almost nobody understands the different types of them, so public discussion makes little progress.
Thus, tens of millions of Americans assume, having been reminded over and over again by the media about a handful of canonical cases, that mass shootings are the doings of rifle-wielding angry young white men. These white supremacist terrorists are, we are informed, the worst security threat facing America. Something must be done, such as junking the first two amendments to the Constitution.
But, for instance, just how many mass shootings are there? The leftist magazine Mother Jones keeps a carefully curated list of the most stereotypical mass shootings, the kind that get lengthy thinkpieces written about them in the national press, and counted only six in 2021, or one every two months. In contrast, Gun Violence Archive, counting every local police blotter item in which four or more people were struck by bullets, listed 693 mass shootings in 2021, or almost two per day.
Read the whole thing there.