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    Aug062019

    Tim Pool and Paul Joseph Watson on Mass Shootings and (Un)Civil War

    Embedded below are two video commentaries on the recent mass shootings.

    The first video is from journalist's Tim Pool's August 5, 2019 "Timcast" titled, "The Second Civil War Is Coming Into Focus, Reza Aslan Blames ALL Trump Supporters," and the second video is by Paul Joseph Watson and is titled "America's Mass Shooting Nightmare."

    While mass shootings make up less than one percent of all gun deaths in America, Tim Pool seems convinced that the landscape of American society may transform into one resembling a Civil War.  I am less convinced of this but feel that the that both Tim Pool and Paul Joseph Watson articulate well the warnings and condemnations of violence that should be heeded if we are to arrest the impending potential race to the bottom.   

     

    As a reminder that things aren’t as bad as they seem, I’ve pasted some useful statistics from a Mises Institute article by Ryan McMacken titled, “Media Focus on Mass Shootings Shows Disconnect from Actual Crime Trends.”  (I have faith that Americans – who have endured through thick and thick for over 240 years –  will not let a string mass shootings, political extremists, and untactful politicians tear this Republic apart, and that we’ve still century or two of longevity left in us yet.  For all the uncertainty, I know this much is true: we're not going to be able to shoot our way out of this dilemma.)

    From the Mises Institute article:

    The homicide rate in America in recent years has been around half of what it was in the early 1990s.

    Indeed, for Americans born in the 1970s or after, the last few years have been the least homicidal years of their lives.

    It is true that nationwide homicide rates have increased since 2014's 51-year low, rising from 4.4 homicides per 100,000 people in 2014 to 5.3 per 100,000 in 2017. But, the most recent data we have suggests 2018 may be another down year for homicides.

    According to preliminary crime data from the FBI for 2018, homicides and violent crime were both down in the first half of 2018, compared to the previous year.

    Full-year stats for 2018 will become available in September.

    From January to June of 2018, there were 6.7 percent fewer murders, and 4.3 percent less violent crime overall.

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