There Are People Comparing the Alligator Attack to the Pulse Shooting
In the surest sign yet that there may be no hope for American discourse, people on Twitter are comparing the tragic murder of 49 people at the hands of a madman with a gun to a tragic accident in which a toddler was attacked by an alligator.
These dense, cruel-minded people appear to somehow believe that an animal’s jaws are just as dangerous as an AR-15, a weapon that can spray 45 rounds per minute. For reference, the AR-15 has been used in mass shootings in Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, and Umpqua Community College, events that have left dozens of civilians dead; according to USA Today, if the toddler has indeed passed away, alligators have killed three people in Florida in the last decade.
Make no mistake: both events are terrible tragedies, and we will not “attention police” you for caring deeply about either one of them. But to compare a violent act of nature to the actions of a lone psychopath and somehow draw the conclusion that alligators are as big of a problem for America as guns are is at best deeply misguided and at worst shockingly amoral.
Read some of their tweets below:
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Update: An initial version of this story erroneously reported that the AR-15 can fire 45 rounds per second, not per minute. The error has been corrected.