Well, just look at how much trouble we seem to have with prosecuting the police. People get injured and property destroyed by mistaken no-knock raids pretty regularly and it's difficult / impossible to get any compensation. Hell, it's a legal fight to get the State to compensate you for mistakenly convicting you of a crime and putting you in jail for a decade or so. It's surprisingly hard to get justice from the State when the State caused the harm.
And yeah, cause at three removes isn't terribly compelling. In your original example we were talking about death by badger (essentially Act of God) that would have been preventable but for the direct impact of a decision to restrict a liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. It's especially well suited to this discussion! I feel like the only example closer to the source would be "murdered by the cops for no reason", and we have a great examples of what that sort of thing does to the fabric of society - Kent State. Honestly we have a lot of these examples.
Basically, the "if we cower more, maybe the issue will go away" crowd is asking us not only to ignore one of the Top 20 causes of death in the country, but also one of the few (along with suicides and auto accidents) that actually can be directly alleviated by good government policy.* It also puts the "Statistically, you are safe.." in a weird light, since we certainly don't say that about the other top causes of death.
Policy has been alleviating it though. Since 1993 gun homicides have dropped 49% in the US. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/
Violent crime in general is down. That said, the suicide rate has barely budged, and the rate of mass shootings has tripled since 2011.
That article is an interesting use of data. The calendar map that's been posted a few times seems to be using the method James Allen Fox uses, 4 or more people killed, to say that mass shootings are out of control while Fox is using the same method to say mass shootings are consistent and haven't actually increased. The article chooses to discard domestic violence-related mass shootings which Fox and the calendar map use and only counts public mass shooting/spree killing incidents to say that they're happening more frequently.
We don't have a definitive view of it because of reasons shown. To me the numbers are skewed the same way we have changed our definition of terrorist as of late.
It seems the FBI uses Fox's method though.
As Brad Plumer explained, they were just looking at different numbers than Fox, and Mother Jones's numbers excluded certain types of mass shootings. "Fox is looking at all mass shootings involving four or more victims — that's the standard FBI definition," Plumer wrote. "Mother Jones, by contrast, had a much more restrictive definition, excluding things like armed robbery or gang violence."
Note: shootings aren't deaths, and include the gunman shooting himself or the police shooting him.
So what? That makes it OK?
Well, you only got shot!
Well, kinda. Shootings do include injuries so minor that you can literally put a smiley face band-aid on them and it will be all better. It really ranges the full spectrum between funny stories and injuries unsurvivable even with immediate medical attention.
Specifically, the minor injuries tend to be fragmentation related injuries. Bullets tend to kick up a lot of stuff, and it often results in superficial injuries. Direct hits can still be comparatively minor to a worst case, but do almost always require experienced medical intervention.
The reason that's relevant is that all murders are approximately equal, whereas violent crime that results in injuries can range from trivial but still morally wrong to permanently crippling, and everything in-between, so the severity is relevant to deciding how bad it was.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I don't give a damn about the delineation between "trivial" and "nontrivial" injuries that are a result of violent crime.
Additionally, if one is going to argue the potential "triviality" of these injuries, perhaps there should be data to back it up.