Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweet slammed
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their condolences and call for stricter gun control following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
But a post by celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has backfired with Twitter users accusing him of being tasteless.
"In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings," deGrasse Tyson wrote, claiming, "on average, across any 48hrs, we also lose … 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Flu 250 to Suicide 200 to Car Accidents 40 to Homicide via Handgun."
"Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data," he added.
Shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio left at least 29 dead and 52 injured in less than 24 hours.
The two tragedies bring America to a total of 251 mass shootings so far this year, according to Gun Violence Archive
Tyson was slammed for belittling the deaths in the name of providing data.
Spectacle? Jordan Anchondo was fatally shot in El Paso while shielding her 2-month-old son. So when this CHILD grows up with out his mother are you to go to that man and tell him his mothers death was just a SPECTACLE?— Country Over Party (@lizzyvoice) August 4, 2019
You are a Callous Pompous Ass!
"I know you're trying to math people here, but this is tasteless and disrespectful. Lost all respect for you," wrote teafortat.
D. Earl Stephens said: "Thanks. I didn't think I could get any more depressed today. What a completely sick and ludicrous thought from somebody I am 100 per cent sure knows better".
Scientist Andrew Baggarly responded: "Making a didactic if factually accurate point does not always equate to intelligent or productive discourse. And this was neither intelligent nor productive. Disappointed to read this from you."
Filmmaker Adam Best pointed out: "Cars are more regulated than assault weapons in much of the country."
"What is the scientific term for "tone-deafness?" asked John Pavlovitz, author of the book Hope and Other Superpowers.
American sports journalist Rich Eisen was astounded: "Imagine going to the store or a bar and getting shot at or killed or having a loved one shot at or killed and a supposed genius tells 13 million people it's all just a spectacle because, really, statistically, it's not all that bad compared to other ways you could suddenly die".
Another user replied: "Neil, I used to think that you were as cool as the other side of the pillow. Now I just think you're COLD."
Celebrities including Rihanna, Lili Reinhart, Nick Jonas, and Reese Witherspoon expressed their sympathies for the victims and called for gun control reform.
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Um... Donald, you spelt “terrorism” wrong! Your country had 2 terrorist attacks back to back hours apart leaving almost 30 innocent people dead. This, just days after yet another terrorist attack in California, where a terrorist was able to LEGALLY purchase an assault rifle (AK-47) in Vegas, then drive hours to a food festival in Cali leaving 6 more people dead including a young infant baby boy! Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA! Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!! My prayers and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims from Texas, California, and Ohio! I’m so sorry for your loss! Nobody deserves to die like this! NOBODY! #rihanna #trump
Heartbroken hearing the news from El Paso. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all the victims and families. So sad. So senseless. We need change.— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) August 4, 2019
Woke up to the news of #DaytonOH shooting. This senseless loss of life is unbearable. When will our US representatives give the people of this country the common sense gun laws we are all demanding? I’m calling my congressman. Again. @Everytown— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) August 4, 2019
Any member of congress who is not actively in the fight for gun safety reform, is not fit to represent us. Period. The inaction is reprehensible. 2 mass shootings in 24 hours? We simply can’t stand by and let this continue to happen. #VoteThemOut— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 4, 2019
Malls, elementary schools, workplaces, food festivals, concerts, movie theaters, places of worship— our lack of responsible #guncontrolnow laws are destroying innocent lives everywhere. My heart is devastated for all the victims & their families.— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) August 4, 2019
Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of an assassination attempt near Tucson in 2011, said the Senate must return from August recess immediately to take action.
I have no more words. I only have anger. President Donald Trump and Leader Mitch McConnell must call the Senate back from August recess immediately. We cannot afford to wait another day for lawmakers to address this horrific national public safety threat. #daytonshooting https://t.co/IX5WS39CFk— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) August 4, 2019