During CBS’s reside protection of the lethal college capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues confirmed his liberal bias by peddling doubtful statistics from the far-left gun management group Everytown for Gun Safety with out vetting their credibility or citing their leftist tilt.
Pegues was chatting with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor when he lamented “how common, sadly, these shooting shootings” when he declared that “one of our producers handed me a list of all the school shootings just this year.”
He famous that we’re nearly midway by way of February earlier than claiming “already this year 17 school shootings, that according to a group called Everytown, which monitors these kinds of things and keeps of them.”
What an pedestrian and unsurprising clarification. A liberal journalist receives phrase from a liberal group, however passes it off with out an ideological label or some reassuring description. Pegues had a possibility to make clear, however he stored going with Everytown’s spin:
Now, a few of them — a few of these 17 shootings contain incidents the place a gun was fired however nobody was injured. But simply take into consideration that. 17 already this 12 months and we’re a month and a half into the brand new 12 months. Now, since 2013, based on Everytown there have been practically 300 college shootings in America and in order that’s a median about — of about one per week. So after I stated earlier that regulation enforcement has grow to be aware of these kinds of incidents, that — that’s actually the case.
At greatest, Everytown’s statistics are doubtful and outright lies at worst. Washington Free Beacon workers author and former MRC blogger Stephen Gutowski wrote a January 25 piece exposing the Michael Bloomberg-backed group’s “misleading school shooting count”:
Everytown for Gun Safety makes use of its personal definition primarily based on what it stated is “expert advice and common sense,” which the gun-management group claims is “straightforward, fair, and comprehensive.” The group stated it counts “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.”
This broad definition locations two separate suicides, a January 9 incident the place a person shot a BB gun at a bus window leading to no accidents; a January 10 incident the place a pupil in a felony justice membership by accident shot a peace officer’s actual gun at a goal on a classroom wall as a substitute of a coaching gun leading to no accidents; a January 9 incident the place gun pictures have been fired from someplace exterior of Cal State San Bernardino, which struck a constructing on campus with out accidents; and different incidents subsequent to the homicide of a Winston-Salem State University pupil at a nightclub on the Wake Forest University campus, the January 22 capturing of a 15-year-previous at a Dallas-area highschool, and Tuesday’s Marshall County High School capturing which left 2 lifeless and 18 others injured.
In its clarification of its depend, Everytown contains an open name for brand spanking new gun-management measures on account of the variety of college shootings it claims happen every year within the United States.
While Pegues was casually selling this far-left group, ABC was ghoulishly linking the capturing to the Trump administration’s ongoing scandal involving former aide Rob Porter and others have been complaining in regards to the press briefing being canceled because of the capturing.
To see the related transcript from the CBS News Special Report on February 14, click on “expand.”
CBS News Special Report
February 14, 2018
three:33 p.m. Eastern
JEFF PEGUES: You know, I used to be speaking earlier, Jeff, about how widespread, sadly, these capturing shootings and certainly one of our producers handed me an inventory of all the college shootings simply this 12 months. So, we’re mid-February and already this 12 months 17 college shootings, that based on a gaggle known as Everytown, which displays these sorts of issues and retains of them. Now, a few of them — a few of these 17 shootings contain incidents the place a gun was fired however nobody was injured. But simply take into consideration that. 17 already this 12 months and we’re a month and a half into the brand new 12 months. Now, since 2013, based on Everytown there have been practically 300 college shootings in America and in order that’s a median about — of about one per week. So after I stated earlier that regulation enforcement has grow to be aware of these kinds of incidents, that — that’s actually the case. You see these pictures as disturbing as they’re, have a look at the best way first responders are working, making an attempt to save lots of lives. They arrange these areas the place they will deal with individuals as rapidly as doable and, you understand, a few of these circumstances you do not have time or the assets to get these victims to hospitals. You must deal with them proper there on the scene and that is what we’re seeing taking place proper now. So there are a number of issues taking place and it appears actually chaotic as a result of are you aware what? That’s what that is. This is a kind of incidents the place police have little or no management over what is going on however they try and take management by bringing these assets, bringing in regulation enforcement as a lot as they probably can however at first, taking down the one that was doing this.