Most of my posts on this blog are not political and usually cover personal finance/investing topics. However, I want to talk about something that has been widely debated recently. There have been a lot of stories going around the internet about what did and did not happen at the Bowling Green Massacre. Today I am going to clear up any confusion by using the actual data we have from the event. While anecdotes can be powerful for emotional appeal, in this instance, the underlying data will present a clearer picture of what actually happened.
Before I show you the data, I want to start by talking about the victims. Stalin once said, “One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic.” This statement rings true when trying to summarize data about a tragedy. I want to reiterate that I am not trying to downplay the tragedy by presenting aggregated statistics. Please remember that the victims were real people and not just the numbers I present below. If you want to support the victims and their families, please donate to the Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund. With that being said, here is the data of the number of victims killed in the Bowling Green Massacre. Note that I did this over time to reflect the number of victims that have come to light as the story has unfolded:
While this is tragic as it is, once you add in those injured the numbers are almost threefold higher. To sanity check this, take the number of victims killed and multiply by 3.
However, if we break these numbers out by religious status, you can see that the perpetrators of this tragedy clearly had an agenda:
Despite the numbers behind this tragedy, Kellyanne Conway was right: No one in the media reported it. This is a breakout of the total percentage of airtime dedicated to the Bowling Green Massacre on the day of the event:
I could do a more in-depth analysis using a machine learning model, but I think the numbers speak for themselves.
How Can We Prevent This Tragedy From Happening In The Future?
The best way to prevent a tragedy from happening is for it to not happen at all. In all seriousness, I hope everyone enjoyed this. I will be back to my normal posting next Tuesday.
Thank you for reading!
This is post 07. Any and all code I have related to this post can be found here with the same numbering: https://github.com/nmaggiulli/of-dollars-and-data
Everything stated above is completely factual.