Neil deGrasse Tyson Ripped for ‘Despicable’ Tweet About Mass Shootings

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Astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson is facing criticism for his reaction to this weekend’s mass shootings.

On Sunday, Tyson took to Twitter to offer his opinion on the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, saying a lot more people are killed by medical errors, the flu and car accidents than mass shootings.

“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 tweeted. “Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”

The post drew thousands of replies, with many people criticizing Tyson for downplaying the two shootings, which claimed at least 29 lives in less than 24 hours.

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“I know you’re trying to math people here, but this is tasteless and disrespectful. Lost all respect for you,” one person replied.

“Just never thought I’d live to see Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining why deaths from white supremacists weren’t a big deal using math,” another person tweeted.

Someone else said: “Brotha, you’re way too intelligent to tweet some bullshit like that.”

While another person called Tyson’s reaction “despicable.”