I assume the number of deaths from alcohol include drunk driving. Many children have been taken from this earth way too early due to drunk drivers. And yet we are not as outraged.
I assumed the overall number included it to. I am simply suggesting that we care a lot more about DUI-death than about a college kid drinking themselves to death, because the former is A killing B, while the latter is A killing A.
If you don't think there is as much outrage about DUI, well, that's subjective. It may or may not be the case.
I think it is less likely you will see the same sort of concentrated bursts of outrage because, with mass shootings, there's a whole lot more harm at once. Even though the steady trickle of DUI-deaths adds up to way more harm. That we draw that distinction comes down to human nature.
"But to your point about smokers mostly killing themselves and therefore people shrug it off, well I've seen people argue about gun control due to suicides and incidents where people accidentally shoot themselves. So why do we care more about those people and not the smokers?"
Well I don't know what to say about people who argue for gun control based on people accidentally shooting themselves or commiting suicide with guns, but do not argue for smoking bans. That's logically inconsistent.
What I do know is that you can find the outrage you find missing if you don't focus on general "X-related deaths", but focus on the subset of deaths that involve situations where one person's action is harming another person.
Self-inflicted harm is a different animal, at least to a person with libertarian tendencies.
So to summarize, the difference in perceptible outrage derives from:
- The sudden bursts of harm involved in mass shootings makes a much bigger impact on the human psyche than does a steady trickle of harm, even if the trickle adds up to more harm in absolue terms.
- Much of the harm from your general statistics is self-inflicted harm. And many who like me oppose the War on Drugs simply do not get outraged about people harming themselves. Saddened, perhaps. Frustrated, perhaps. But not outraged at them for doing it.