On September 17, The Atlantic Wire decides to go full Six O’Clock News scare-tactics and gives us this piece of hysteria:
There Will Be Another Mass Shooting. This Is What the Data Tells Us About It. The next mass shooting will take place on February 12, 2014, in Spokane, Washington. It will be committed by an emotionally disturbed, 38 year-old white man who will kill seven people and wound six more at a place he used to work using a semi-automatic handgun he purchased legally in the state.
Then they make the adjustment:
That, at least, is what a look at the data on past such shootings might indicate. We’ll say at the outset: Every assertion in the first paragraph is a function of probability, not fact. The next mass shooting — which will happen somewhere, sometime — will almost certainly not be in that place at that time. But a look at the historic data on such killings, compiled and shared by Mother Jones magazine, makes each of those predictions defensible.
But apparently the damage was done as is seen by the piece they had to publish the next day:
Spokane Shouldn’t Be the Only Place Scared of the Next Mass Shooting.
Our apologies. It was not our intention to frighten you. Or, rather, it was not our intention to frighten just you. Despite what we wrote yesterday, there almost certainly will not be a mass killing in your city on February 12 of next year. But anyone with a passing knowledge of the recent history of gun violence in America should know by now that there will be another mass killing, somewhere, and soon. Residents of Spokane need not be any more alarmed at the prospect of being gunned down while shopping or eating at a restaurant or at their school or workplace than any other American. We apologize if you were frightened, but your reaction really raises another question: Why doesn’t the rest of America share your (and our) fears about the statistical certainty of another mass shooting?
How stupid was the whole thing? Even the members of the
Cult Coalition to Stop Gun Rights Violence let them have it:
The initial Facebook post:
And the following is a collage of some of the responses from their own loyal followers as CSGV bans any Gun Owner or Pro-Second Amendment advocate who dares to land on their page:
One quick note: Apparently both The Atlantic Wire and Mother Jones (who started rolling this ball of crap) forgot to add in the data of statistical possibilities that the shooter will also be a democrat or with Democratic Party tendencies, voted or liked President Obama and is chugging antidepressants or other prescription mind-altering/controlling drugs.
Stay away from Liberals with a hazy look in their eyes while driving a Prius with a OBAMA 2012 sticker in their bumper. You’ll never know when they will snap.
PS: Will the NAACP, Rev; Sharpton and company will protest the racial overtone of the article?