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There is no doubt that Neil deGrasse Tyson is superbly intelligent when it comes to physics and space and all that. But when it comes to commentary on mass shootings, the celebrated astrophysicist offered such an asinine hot take that he’s been getting dragged to the ass-end of the universe ever since.

Today (August 4), deGrasse Tyson basically said we’re all being too emotional after a pair of domestic terrorists murdered 34 people in less than 24 hours.

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

Off top, not a single mention of the domestic terrorism or white nationalist aspect of the shooting, nor a hint of the fact that people are genuinely in fear for their lives over what could happen next.

Instead, smart guy over here thinks we’re being too emotional as he adds absolutely nothing subtantive to the convo. Naturally, and rightfully, deGrasse Tyson has been skewered on the Internets.

We compiled the best since there is plenty of insight packed into the reading of deGrasse Tyson for all the filth.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.314K12:58 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy171K people are talking about this

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Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson · Aug 4, 2019

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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.

Smash Mouth@smashmouth

FUCK OFF!!!! There’s your data!!!!82.7K2:16 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy18.5K people are talking about this

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Bowen Yang 杨伯文@bowenyang

This is a shockingly fucked up take from a true belly button fluff human being. Oh my good god. Corny motherfucker I can’t believe this. https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
2,1281:04 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy115 people are talking about this

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Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson · Aug 4, 2019

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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.

Katie@ZiziFothSi

The difference is that mass shootings have never inspired a single effective action to ensure that they never happen again. The equivalent would be if nobody worked on flu vaccines, or effective treatment, despite people needlessly dying from it.16.4K1:16 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,969 people are talking about this

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Jody Avirgan@jodyavirgan

There are dozens of ways to call out the wrongness of this tweet but the most productive one is to point out that we have mobilized research and funding to significantly reduce many of these harms; but been unwilling to do so for gun violence. https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
53.8K2:28 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy11.9K people are talking about this

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Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson · Aug 4, 2019

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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.

Judy Melinek M.D.@drjudymelinek

1. The medical errors number is wrong. It’s based on grossly extrapolated data with no autopsy confirmation and assumes that if someone died after surgery it was due to the surgery and not to the underlying disease the surgery was for. 2. Mass shootings are homicides.23.2K1:45 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy3,233 people are talking about this

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Andray@andraydomise · Aug 4, 2019Replying to @RealPCDonaldT and 2 others

Explain “rare.” There have been more mass shootings than days in the year.

Also this is not only callous, but willfully blind to suggest “spectacle” when there is ideological connective tissue between the political environment and the shooters’ stated motives.

Andray@andraydomise

Using this logic, you could also make the case that lynching was no big deal, compared to deaths from the Spanish Flu, but thankfully people with a basic sense of humanity are able to tell the difference between tragedies of nature and tragedies of human design.9,5332:15 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,269 people are talking about this

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jelani cobb@jelani9

This is really not the time to be the smug counterfactual guy. Medical errors don’t evolve into ethnic cleansing. The flu didn’t lynch black people to keep them from voting. You’re ridiculously blithe to the implications of ideology-driven violence. https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
12.1K1:58 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,363 people are talking about this

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Shannon Watts@shannonrwatts

Cold take, Neil. 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. Our gun violence crisis is preventable and senseless and driven by a special interest. https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
25.3K2:10 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy5,203 people are talking about this

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LVL 45 CHAOS POTUS@thetomzone

neil you should go to the funerals and say this man https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
4291:39 PM – Aug 4, 2019 · Colchester, VTTwitter Ads info and privacy35 people are talking about this

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Michael Tannenbaum@iamTannenbaum

Neil deGrasse Tyson (screaming into a casket): scientifically you died of blood loss and not a gun shot29.6K2:45 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy4,138 people are talking about this

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Mike Camerlengo@MCamerlengo

Plane is going down.

Neil deGrasse Tyson taps you on the shoulder: “way more people die on the way TO the airpor-”108K1:36 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy15.3K people are talking about this

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Casey Spivey@caseyspivey

Everybody: “Mass shootings are bad”

Neil deGrasse Tyson:

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92.2K2:42 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy18.6K people are talking about this

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William Gibson@GreatDismal · Aug 4, 2019

Really? The comments are to the point… https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.

Mike Godwin@sfmnemonic

When Neil deGrasse Tyson misses the point, he misses it astronomically.6152:24 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy109 people are talking about this

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Dookter Strange Vs. The Multiverse of Madness@_Rewhan

Neil DeGrasse Tyson reads at a PhD level, and still can’t read the fucking room.10.8K2:18 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,805 people are talking about this

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P.J. Sasskowicz@Android_Sparky

everyone after reading that neil degrass tyson tweet

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Jon@JonIsAwesomest

The worst thing about that Neil Degrasse Tyson tweet is that Actually, a whole bunch of women accused him of rape and sexual harassment and we all just sort of moved on.6,4722:36 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,329 people are talking about this

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Gary Whitta@garywhitta

Neil, please read the many MANY responses to this awful tweet, from the rational to the outraged (often both) and take a moment to reflect on the idea, however alien it might be to you, that you’re not always the smartest guy in the room. Because right now you look like an idiot. https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928 …Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonIn 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

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
1,0082:38 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy140 people are talking about this

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Charlotte Clymer@cmclymer

You: I’ve been shot by someone who exploited existing gun laws that are too lax.

Rational adult: We should have common-sense gun laws that prevent this from happening again.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Vending machines have killed at least 37 people. You should really calm down.3,6823:31 PM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy598 people are talking about this