There were a total of 17,250 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2016.
There were 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013.
The population of America is 326,000,000. Seventeen divided by 326 million is 17/326000000 is 0.0000052147 percent. Do you know how to say that number? Even easier is that number when it’s rounded which is 0.000005… How do you say that number?? Statistically its very, very unremarkable.
To get an idea of the smallness of the number draw a line around the earth. miles long. To a grieving parent the death of a child is devastating and the psychological causes cannot be articulated so to accurately discuss and blame the deaths of the 17 young Parkland High students has to first be understood at least against the statistical background. Several things are certain. It’s not the fault of a gun; a gun culture; a bullet or gunpowder. It’s not the fault of the parents of the shooter Nicolas Cruz.
There are crazy people loose in the world. How to stop them is an impossible demand. One thing is certain. When they start, or hopefully before they start they are stopped. Society has work to do.