Anti-Rights Cultists like
Jason Kilgore Baldr Odinson like to use scare tactics to point out how bad things are out there. Of course, numbers like these can backfire
As I have chronicled on this blog, Walmart had 53 shootings reported in the media in 2012. That’s more than one a week, on average. HERE is a listing of those incidents. Though I didn’t look carefully until recently, I also found 21 other gun crimes where shots weren’t fired. That’s at least 74 incidents in at least 28 states.Crimes and shootings included armed robberies, customers angry at each other, shoplifters (including of assault weapons!), road rage, law enforcement encounters, drug deals gone wrong, and even suicides. Twice there were accidental shootings, both times by gun owners with legal conceal carry permits.
I found 8 homicides, 25 attempted homicides or aggravated assaults with guns, 2 gang-related incidents, 3 drug-related events, 18 armed robberies, 11 shoplifting incidents, 2 accidents, 10 law-enforcement related incidents, and at least one murder/suicide (some of these categories overlap). There were also two plots for mass murders at Walmarts
I mean if crime is that rampant at Walmart I definitely want to be armed if I go there. Wouldn’t you, right?
But let’s put those numbers into a little bit of context, eh.
Walmart operates 3,982 Super Centers, Stores and Nieghborhood Markets with another 620 Sam’s Clubs. Let’s use just the “Walmart” stores to give “Baldr” the best numbers; with 74 incidents recorded that means only 1 store in 53.8.
Still pretty high numbers but Walmart is more then just the number of stores; there are an incredible number of people who are customers. Anyone care to guess how many people shop at Walmart?
Would you guess 1.4 million people? I mean that would be 0.0053% of the people involved in an incident.
Well, 1.4 million people is just how many people work at Walmart; not shop there.
How about 14 Million people per week? BZZZZ , still low.
Try 140,00,000 people per week. 7,280,000,000 people per year.Doing the math 74 divided by 7.28 billion equals 0.00001016 percent of the people per year who worry “Baldr” enough for him to restrict the rights of everyone else.
Maybe we shouldn’t let paranoid people like this push laws on the majority of the people; We are better than this.