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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:10 PM

Gender Split Over Newtown Shootings

A striking gender gap has emerged in the way that people are reacting to the horror of the Newtown school shootings.

By a margin of 54 to 37 percent, women say the Connecticut massacre reflects broader problems in society. But men, by a 51 to 39 percent margin, say such shootings are the isolated acts of troubled individuals.

Thatís according to a Pew Research Center survey that provides the first detailed snapshot of public reaction to Fridayís tragedy.

There is a partisan tilt as well, with 54 percent of Democrats saying such shootings reflect societal problems, and 49 percent of Republicans blaming troubled individuals. College graduates (54 percent) were also more likely than those with no more than a high school degree (42 percent) to blame the broader problems of society.



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/18/gender-split-over-newtown-shootingshttp-www-people-press-org-2012-12-17-public-divided-over-what-newtown-signifies.html

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Redfairen Dec 2012 OP
Xipe Totec Dec 2012 #1
teddy51 Dec 2012 #2
Recursion Dec 2012 #4
snooper2 Dec 2012 #6
enlightenment Dec 2012 #3
srican69 Dec 2012 #5
okasha Dec 2012 #7
Zoeisright Dec 2012 #8

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:15 PM

1. I'm happy to be in such great company

As a male fighting the tide.


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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:15 PM

2. "isolated acts of troubled individuals." Well these isolated acts are taking innocent lives

 

and becoming more often.

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:20 PM

4. You're less likely to be shot this year than you have been at any point in the last 40 years

I think that's what people mean when they say it's isolated incidents: the country as a whole is less violent, even if mass shootings are more common (and they're still rare enough that figuring out if they're becoming more common isn't exactly easy to do).

Yes, I know, it sounds a lot like Marion Barry's "Except for the drive-by shootings, violent crimes in DC are way down", but in both cases it's an awkward way to say something basically true, that notorious crimes don't always reflect the underlying level of violence.

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:26 PM

6. I really wish people would just stop making up random "facts"

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:19 PM

3. So -

if 54% of Democrats say "reflects societal problems" and 49% of Republicans say "troubled individuals" then does that mean that 46% of Dems say "troubled individuals" and 51% of Republicans say "societal problems"?

Or are the unlisted percentages saying something else entirely?

Assuming it was an either/or question, then: 54% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans say "reflects societal problems". Doesn't seem like much of a partisan tilt to me.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:23 PM

5. I admit ... we men think through our balls.

Shame on us

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:27 PM

7. Why is th is an either/or?

Societal problems are likely to produce more troubled individuals. Troubled individuals in larger numbers are likely to produce societal problems. It's a self-reinforcing cycle.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:49 PM

8. Yet more proof that guns are considered necessary

by eunuchs.

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