Perceptions of risk and Uzi 9mms

Perceptions of risk and Uzi 9mms

Interesting cultural differences in risk in today’s news about football/soccer concerns in the US:

A group of American parents is suing FIFA to force it to limit the number of times young soccer players can head the ball.

The class action suit was filed Wednesday in California to demand more protection from concussions, and also names as defendants the United States Soccer Federation and the US Youth Soccer Association.

Contrast that with yesterday’s tragic news from a shooting range:

A 9-year-old girl at a shooting range outside Las Vegas accidentally killed an instructor on Monday morning when she lost control of the Uzi he was showing her how to use.

Another child died in a similar incident. Despite this, TV and radio interviews appear to suggest that a sizable number (or vocal minority) of people think the problem is more about the management of the shooting range, rather than the actual access to guns by children. Restricting such access is seen as “tyranny” by some gun enthusiasts.

In the UK the perception would be totally reversed. The concern about headers in football might be seen as “nanny state” and the gun culture associated with children seen as completely insane. Fascinating, yet tragic.

Picture from Alonzo Harris.