If If you watch the mainstream media, then there is a good chance that you believe that a mass shooter is the single most dangerous thing that can happen to a person. The horror of the situation. The interviews with multiple “experts” and law enforcement officers. The breathless wondering about what could have been done to stop this from happening.
You would almost think that the media is trying to cover up something else.
Could it be that all of the reporting on mass shootings is simply for the purpose of getting people to ignore the fact that governments kill far more people than mass shooters, by a huge margin? Matt Agorist gives us perspective:
However, just as a point of reference, in the 20th Century alone, governments were responsible for 260,000,000 deaths worldwide. That number is greater than all deaths from illicit drug use, STD’s, Homicides, and Traffic Accidents — combined.
According to a comprehensive database of all American mass shootings that have taken place since 1982, constructed by Mother Jones [a politically left magazine with a strong anti-gun stance], there have been exactly 816 deaths attributed to mass shootings that have taken place on American soil.
Now, maybe you’re saying, “Well, yeah, when you factor in the communist and totalitarian regimes in the 20th Century, then, of course, the death toll from governments is huge.” That’s fair. Communist and totalitarian regimes are some of the worst human rights abusers. So, let’s get more specific to the situation in the United States. Let’s look at the total number of people who have died in mass shootings versus the number of people killed by police in the last 14 months. Agorist writes,
If we were to compare the 816 citizens killed in mass shootings to citizens killed by police in the same time frame, the comparison would be off the charts. So, for the sake of simplicity, we will compare all of the mass shooting deaths in the last 35 years, to the number of citizens killed by police since the beginning of last year.
Already, in 2018, American police have killed 153 people. When we add that to 1,189 people killed by police in 2017, that number is 1,342. This number is set to increase by one, on average, every 8 hours.
When comparing the total number of mass shootings over the last 35 years to just the last 14 months of police killings the ratio is 1.6 to 1, citizens killed by cops vs. citizens killed in mass shootings. That is a massive difference.
So, the fact of the matter is that you are much more likely to be shot and killed by a police officer in the United States than by a mass shooter.
I don’t bring this situation to your attention to minimize the tragedy of mass shootings. Mass shootings are horrible, and we need to look at the factors contributing to them, but, maybe, at the same time, maybe we should look at what is more likely to get us killed in reality.
The fact of the matter is that our militarized police forces across America are becoming more and more dangerous, and, even with all of the police officers who just want to do a good job and do the right thing (the majority of police officers, in my opinion), the fact remains that dealing with the police has become a dangerous thing, especially if you are “outside of the mainstream.”
Folks, “outside of the mainstream” describes us as preppers.
Our advice? Do what you can to stay off of the radar of law enforcement officers (yes, especially not knowingly breaking any laws), but, if you do have to deal with law enforcement, be very, very careful. Because you just don’t know if you’ll be dealing with a good guy or a trigger happy nutcase with a badge.