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Neil deGrasse Tyson slammed for mass shootings reaction: 'Our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data'

Famed astrophysicist and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson has shared his reaction to this weekend’s double mass shootings, and people are outraged.

Tyson argued that more people are killed by the flu and car accidents than mass shootings, adding, “often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”

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Tyson’s tweet was a response to the shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday which killed 20, and Sunday’s shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which killed nine.


Followers of his account have accused him of downplaying the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton.



In less than an hour, the tweet had received 24,000 (and counting) likes, but most of the reactions were profoundly negative.

Tyson has gotten himself into social media hot water before, but mostly for relatively benign grievances like spoiling movies.

As for today’s tweet about gun violence, there will surely be people watching his account to see if he explains his thought process behind the upsetting numbers. Until then, a question posed by one of his followers remains:

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