Check out the gallery above to see how people reacted to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweet about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
On Sunday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted about the number of lives lost to mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the past two days in relation to how many people die from other causes, like medical errors and influenza. And people on Twitter, including the Bay Area rock band Smash Mouth, are calling him out for it.
“In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. 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,” Tyson wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.
“Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”
Almost instantly, others on Twitter criticized him for the tweet. This included the official Twitter account for Smash Mouth, which often posts short, brash responses to the news of the day.
“F– OFF!!!! There’s your data!!!!” the band commented on Tyson’s tweet.
One person responded to the band’s tweet referencing their 1999 hit from the album “Astro Lounge.” “You truly are all stars,” they wrote.
Others, like Shannon Watts, founder of gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action, thought Tyson’s tweet was a “cold take.”
“200+ Americans died from gun violence in the past 48 hours. And you list causes of death that are researched, regulated and also happen in other high income countries,” she wrote. “Our gun violence crisis is preventable and senseless and driven by a special interest.”
And Amee Vanderpool, a writer and lawyer, told Tyson that his data was wrong. “Your data is wrong Neil. In the past 48 hours, 200 people were killed with guns and many more were injured while a powerful organization lobbies to protect its interests,” she wrote. “Maybe you should add some emotion to your game, because your data collection sucks.”
Longtime San Francisco Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly also replied to the tweet.
“Making a didactic if factually accurate point does not always equate to intelligent or productive discourse,” he wrote. “And this was neither intelligent nor productive. Disappointed to read this from you.”
Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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