“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,” said the famous scientist. “Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”
As you can guess, Twitter went right after Tyson for his tweet.
Many people felt comparing the deaths of the 34 people who died to gun violence over the weekend to those who die of illness and accidents was totally disingenuous.
One user even pointed out that a lot of the issues Tyson mentioned were already being researched or studied to a great extent. Some of the issues Tyson proposed even have cures and vaccines that serve as preventative measures. There is currently no such cure or very many laws being enacted to respond to the rising level of mass shootings in America.
Tyson issued an apology on Monday.
“My intent was to offer objectively true information that might help shape conversations and reactions to preventable ways we die,” said Tyson.
“Where I miscalculated was that I genuinely believed the Tweet would be helpful to anyone trying to save lives in America. What I learned from the range of reactions is that for many people, some information –-my Tweet in particular — can be true but unhelpful, especially at a time when many people are either still in shock, or trying to heal – or both.”
In the wake of Tyson’s tweets, people were also quick to remind him of his most recent allegations of sexual misconduct.
He denied the claims, and Fox and Nat Geo announced in a statement that they concluded their investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct that were first published in November by Patheos.