About David Sirota’s “70 Percent of Mass Shooters are White Men”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


A lot of people have been taking David Sirota to task for his stupidity, but let’s start with the simple things. Sirota’s routine has depended on brandishing the statement, “70 percent of mass shooters have been white men in a country where only 30 percent of the population is white men.”

The statistical fallacy in that is obvious. Men are far more likely to be mass shooters than women. Men are more violent than women. Even in the deeply flawed Mother Jones report on mass shooters that Sirota persistently links to, 40 of its mass shooters are men, only one is a woman. Using a statistical picture that that emphasizes whiteness, when the statistical distortion is created by wrongly including gender is dishonest.

Break it down by race, without the meaningless distraction of gender and the illusion collapses.

Overall, 43 of the 61 shooters in mass killings since 1982 have been white, which is only a little higher than the proportion of whites in the general population.

Actually, it’s a little lower. 43 out of 61 is 70 percent. White people form 72.4 percent of the U.S. population, as per the last census.

Sirota’s dishonesty speaks to a larger point which is that racism directed at white people is fashionable. It gets you invited on CNN to broadcast your bigotry.

And it leads to highly deceptive reporting. Nidal Hasan, the Muslim Fort Hood killer, is described as a “white man” and that data set is then folded into essays about privileged white men carrying out most of the killings.

Hasan was an acolyte of Anwar Al-Awlaki, Al Qaeda’s man in Yemen. Trying to put him into the same category as Adam Lanza is dishonest even for someone who doesn’t believe there’s a terrorism problem.

if Nidal Hasan had been a victim, then he would be an official minority. But as a perpetrator, he’s put back in the white box. The same thing took place with George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman would have been considered Hispanic if he had been unfairly stopped by the police. But he became white when he shot a black man.

If Nidal Hasan had been suing over discrimination, then he would be a victim of the white man. But since he shot a bunch of people, he gets assigned to the white category to pad the numbers.

There is no better testament to the overt racial hostility and contempt for white people than this sort of statistical racial sleight-of-hand in which men are moved from one box to the other depending on their morals, rather than on any external facts.

  • Edward Cline

    Daniel: Fine expose of David Sirota's bigotry. You nail him to the wall. But, who ever said that racist bigots, or even gender bigots, had anything rational or truthful to say about anything? The only reason, as you point out, that anyone pays any attention to Sirota or Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, or even to the likes of Obama, is because their statements about race and its alleged role in American society conform to the MSM's own brand of bigotry. Otherwise, it would be a non-issue, and people like Sirota would have to settle for flipping burgers at McDonald's for a living.

  • figment

    Is there any mention of the Asian shooters?

    Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, One L. Goh, Jeong Soo Paek, Jiverly Wong, Byran Koji Uyesugi and Gang L

    blacks?
    black mass murders like Omar S. Thornton, Maurice Clemmons, Charles Lee Thornton, William D. Baker, Arthur Wise, Clifton McCree, Nathan Dunlap, Colin Ferguson
    DC Snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo,

    credit to bob owens http://www.bob-owens.com/2013/03/wapost-op-ed-bla

    • Spikey1

      No such things a Asian shooters, they are a shade of white.
      Black Mass murders, take you pick from either; simply misunderstood or freedom fighters.

      • pablo4200

        Yup. If a black guy goes a'killing, Whitey made him do it.

    • gee59

      And the Muslim ones are "resistance fighters" and not mass murderers

      • Larry

        No, no, no, they merely engage in workplace violence.

  • Mickey mouse

    Can we count africans?

  • tagalog

    So if the problem is with white men, it's not with the Second Amendment. So we can forget about trying to decrease gun violence by infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, right?

    Instead let's focus on the issues that cause all those white men to do all that shooting, right?

    That's the correct and doctrinaire libbie approach to this kind of thing, right?

    It's probably poverty, right? Let's give the white men more government money, that's the hot ticket!

  • kasandra

    Great post! By all means we must look at root causes. Could be the pervasive government sanctioned discrimination against white males. Yeah, that's it.

    • Mary Sue

      Identity Politics dictates that because White Males have had it so good for so long, too damn bad if the Government "discriminates" against them. The Marxist koolaid-drinkers say that white males aren't discriminated against, instead, minorities and women "getting the same rights white males do" (whatever that means) doesn't equal discrimination against white males.

      • figment

        and the solution is to lower the standards so that everyone qualifies and has a chance to suceed! (and yet still doesn't)

        Like lifeguards that can't swim, but wear the correct skin color!

        yeah, that's the ticket!

  • Flicker

    I love this: 70% of serial killers are white men, if you include muslim terrorists as white men.

    But let's cut to the chase. How do we fix things? How do we effect society to reduce the urges to actually carry out deranged fantacies? Pharmacology? That would work. Psycho-prisons? That would work.

    Volutarily cutting out production of mass killing-style video games and movies, removing laws that demean and deemphasize marriage, the family and sexual monogamy; and promoting in schools a model of behavior based on honesty, ethics, hard work and achievement; and an education that stresses competence in reading, writing, mathematics, science and critical thinking as opposed to social engineering and stereotyping?

    Nah!! That wouldn't work.

    • Flicker

      Re-reading my post, I realize how hard to accomplish legally, morally, and socially this all must appear; how backward, and passe and parochial this appears. How untenable, how repressive.

      But this is exactly the generation I was raised in, when we sent a man to the moon and made the world a safer place from communism and fascism. And rebuilt Europe and East Asia after defeating them.

      Oh, the memories.

    • Mary Sue

      Muslim terrorists are whatever color the establishment media thinks is more advantageous to their narrative.

  • BaconNBeer

    He could be right. The greatest mass murder in history killed 135 million people in the last century. Karl Marx he was white he killed with a pen and ideas. But to get people to go along with senseless ideas you have to kill them don't you?

  • Abibi Fawohodie

    White males are not 70% of the us population… reading comprehension is not a strong suit.

    • Jack

      Blacks
      today are disproportionately perpetrators of violent crimes against
      whites and against other blacks. According to data from the FBI Uniform
      Crime Reports, in 2009, “whites” — a category that includes Hispanics —
      were known to be responsible for 5,286 murders. Blacks, a mere 13% of
      the population, were known to be responsible for 5,980 murders.

      In 2012, the FBIreport found that
      “Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks.
      Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and
      10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three
      percent of their victims are black.” Also in 2005, the Department of
      Justice reported that one-third of rapes committed against white women
      (approximately 37,000) were perpetrated by blacks, while less than ten —
      statistically zero — rapes of black women were committed by whites.

      Fact — blacks kill 7 times more than whites kill. Fact — blacks kill
      whites 20 times more than whites kill blacks. Fact — blacks mug or
      commit group crime against whites 50 times more than whites commit
      against blacks. Fact — blacks rape white women 2000 (yes 2000) times
      more than whites rape black women.