I am therefore thankful for the candor and depth of critical reactions shared in my Twitter feed.
Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson responded on Sunday to the recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton by stating facts and putting things in perspective. "As an educator, I personally value knowing with precision and accuracy what reaction anything that I say (or write) will instill in my audience, and I got this one wrong".
At least one tweet, apparently preserved by someone controlling an Antifa Twitter account, seemed to show he was in support of building President Donald Trump's wall along the nation's southern border.
'Cold take, Neil, ' Watts wrote. Other countries also have similar data on the other causes of death, but not high casualties from gun violence. "Our gun violence crisis is preventable and senseless and driven by a special interest". "Apparently we don't need to worry about mass shootings because it kills less people than the Flu". We're working to prevent suicide. We're working to prevent vehicle accident. Today he's facing backlash for posting a freaky response to the recent spate of mass shootings, arguing that compared to other forms of preventable death, relatively few people die from gun violence. Spot the difference, Neil'.
'Can you also please quantify how fear affects our societies ability to function?' the user wrote. Or the impact these deaths have on the family, friends, and communities of the victims? Or how it can inspire more acts? "Seriously, f**k off with this hot garbage comparison".
The El Paso shooting was reportedly the result of a young white man's anger over the number of Hispanics in the U.S. That much was made clear in an apparent manifesto written by that shooter, Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white man who wrote that he was decidedly against "race mixing" and supports the idea to "send them back" and offering a prediction of "genocide".
Shootings this weekend in Texas and OH left at least 29 dead and 52 injured in less than 24 hours. Police identified the the gunman, now dead, as Connor Betts, 24, who they said used an assault-style rifle. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive in the OH attack. Three more people were shot and killed earlier in the week at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, including Central New York native Trevor Irby, of Romulus in Seneca County.