The media has been lying to Americans about school shootings in an effort to push its gun control narrative. But a look at the data shows that what is actually happening is a mass manipulation of the facts.
After the school shooting at Kentucky’s Marshall County High School last week that took the lives of two 15-year-olds and injured 18 others, the media and gun control activists didn’t wait for the bodies to get cold before they started their familiar refrain.
A count created by Everytown for Gun Safety said that there have been 11 school shootings in 2018.
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Consistent with expert advice and common sense, Everytown uses a straightforward, fair, and comprehensive definition for a school shooting: any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement of school officials. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not discharged, or where the firearm was discharged off school grounds, are not included. The database is updated as new shootings occur or as new evidence emerges about prior incidents.
When it comes to American children being exposed to gunfire, these shootings are just the tip of the iceberg. A report by the Urban Institute showed that in the single school district of Washington, DC, there were at least 336 gunshots in the vicinity of schools over a single school year. And school shootings have long-term impacts on the school community as a whole: a recent analysis of school shootings found that those involving a homicide reduced student enrollment in the affected schools, and depressed students’ standardized test scores by nearly 5 percent.
But how fair is Everytown being?
The majority of the other alleged school shootings had minor or no injuries, and one consisted of a BB gun being used to shoot out a school bus window, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
This broad definition places two separate suicides, a January 9 incident where a man shot a BB gun at a bus window resulting in no injuries; a January 10 incident where a student in a criminal justice club accidentally shot a peace officer’s real gun at a target on a classroom wall instead of a training gun resulting in no injuries; a January 9 incident where gun shots were fired from somewhere outside of Cal State San Bernardino, which struck a building on campus without injuries; and other incidents next to the murder of a Winston-Salem State University student at a nightclub on the Wake Forest University campus, the January 22 shooting of a 15-year-old at a Dallas-area high school, and Tuesday’s Marshall County High School shooting which left 2 dead and 18 others injured.
In its explanation of its count, Everytown includes an open call for new gun-control measures as a result of the number of school shootings it claims occur each year in the United States.
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The Everytown numbers have been pushed by new outlets like CNN, NPR, Politico, and the New York Times. And NBC News’ Peter Alexander used the numbers in questioning White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, but he did not mention who compiled them, or the fact that they are a liberal group.
Many major media outlets have also unquestioningly pushed dubious statistics from gun-control groups in regards to mass shootings. A June 2017 Free Beacon analysis found only 8 of the 154 shootings cited by gun-control activists and major media outlets as mass shootings actually meet the FBI definition of mass murder.
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