When it comes to quoting American school shooting statistics (or any other statistics involving guns), you can’t trust the left any further than you can throw them. They have perfected a biased, astonishingly deceptive system of counting these tragedies and they employ them as political spears, fundraising salvos, and dishonest argumentation. They don’t care about getting the facts straight and we don’t even believe their invested in stopping these shootings (since, after all, a great deal of their existence is owed to them continuing); they are interested in winning elections off the back of twisted propaganda.
Why else would they lie so shamelessly?
Why else would the media, so eager to run a fact-check every time President Trump coughs, give them a free pass on blatantly deceptive statistics?
In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting on Wednesday, the gun control fanatics trotted out yet another statistical lie. As usual, the prime offenders were Michael Bloomberg’s organization, Everytown for Gun Safety. “Our hearts are with all those impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida today,” they tweeted. “This is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018.”
Sen. Kamala Harris of California was quick to repeat the stat. “Just awful, gut-wrenching news,” she wrote. “My heart breaks for the victims and families of the horrific shooting in Parkland, FL. This is the 18th school shooting in the first 43 days of 2018. We cannot accept this as normal. We must address gun violence.”
ABC News didn’t bother to check the facts, either. “There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to a nonprofit group,” they wrote.
“There have been 18 school shootings so far this year,” wrote the New York Daily News, “including one that claimed 17 lives at a Florida public school Wednesday.”
It’s a disturbing stat – one that is tailor-made to get people up in arms and on the phone with their congressman. One that’s perfect to get gullible liberals to open up their wallets and donate to that, um, “nonprofit group” that’s really out there doing something about all of these mass shootings.
But it isn’t worth the digital ink it took to tweet it.
To realize the truth, you don’t have to go to John Lott or Ted Nugent or GunPatriotBonanza.com. You can read it right there on Everytown for Gun Safety’s page, where they hide the soft reality behind the flashier soundbite. And that’s when you’ll see that of those 18 terrible school shootings, only ten of them actually ended in injury or death. Of those, two of them were suicides in which no one else was injured. So we’re down to eight, one of which was an accidental discharge. Seven left, three of which were one-on-one fights where only minor wounds were recorded. Total number of students who were killed by gunshots in 2018 prior to Wednesday: 3.
If you think three (plus seventeen) is too many, we wouldn’t disagree. One is too many. But let’s talk about the situation the way that it is and refuse the left’s attempts to turn a singular tragedy into a widespread moment of American panic.