More TV Bias on Guns: Another Mass Public Shooting, is the US more dangerous than Mexico? Show implies it is.

Jan 31, 2021 | Media Bias

This episode of CBS’s FBI shows a public shooting at a quinceañera (a celebration of a Latino girl’s fifteenth birthday) at a restaurant (S3 E4 Jan 24, 2021). A white supremacist did the shooting. The aggrieved father whose wife and daughter have just been murdered relates a conversation that he had with his wife about her concerns that the US is more violent than Mexico. He now regrets that he had told her that was absurd.

— Mexico has a murder rate that is six times higher than the rate in the US. The notion that the US is more dangerous than Mexico is indeed “absurd.”

— TV shows over and over show a white supremacist angle to mass public shootings, but that is not even remotely close to being the case (see here and here).

— Finally, this show has the murderer firing 13 shots in 11 seconds. That is much faster than you see in attacks. In a study by Gary Kleck, none of the 23 mass public shootings that he examines has shoots being fired that quickly.

Other examples from this current season include:

CBS’s Bull (Season 5): E6, January 18 2021

CBS’s FBI Most Wanted (Season 2): E4 January 19, 2021, E5 January 26, 2021.

CBS’ Coyote (Season 1): E2 January 7, 2021 and E5 January 7, 2021

CBS’ SWAT (Season 4): E7 Jan 13, 2021

CBS Magnum PI (Season 3): E3 Dec 11 2020

CBS Magnum PI (Season 3): E2 Dec 11 2020

CBS The FBI (Season 3): E1 Nov 17 2020, E4 Jan 24, 2021

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