In the aftermath of Wedneday’s horrible college capturing in Parkland, Florida, the liberal media callously rushed to make use of the deaths to push for extra gun management. And of their haste, the three main community information retailers (ABC, CBS, and NBC) relied on a statistic from the anti-gun lobbying group Everytown for Gun Safety which claimed that there had been 18 college shootings for the reason that begin of 2018. And because it suits the narrative, why truth verify?
“You know, scenes like these right now, shootings at faculties, an all-too-acquainted sight throughout this nation. This capturing, by one depend, the 18th simply this yr. Multiple fatalities at a number of of these shootings,” introduced anchor David Muir throughout ABC’s World News Tonight.
That identical statistic was echoed on NBC Nightly News when anchor Lester Host lamented: “This horrifying capturing in Florida marks the 18th time gunfire has erupted on a faculty campus in America simply for the reason that begin of this yr. With extra now on these tragedies and pictures which have develop into disturbingly widespread in our nation…”
“Perhaps the largest query: Why is that this taking place extra steadily? This yr, there have already been 18 college shootings. There had been seven by this time final yr,” reported Don Dahler on CBS Evening News. “Since 2013, the variety of college shootings has steadily risen, with the only exception being 2016, when there have been solely 48. Only– as if that was in any method acceptable or regular.”
But as The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski uncovered late final month, the numbers generated by Everytown had been extremely deceptive.
“Everytown for Gun Safety uses its own definition based on what it said is ‘expert advice and common sense, which the gun-control group claims is ‘straightforward, fair, and comprehensive,’” Gutowski reported. “The group said it counts ‘any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.’”
Gutowski discovered that Everytown’s dubiously definition of a faculty capturing meant it included many incidents an inexpensive particular person wouldn’t equate to a college capturing:
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 prison justice membership unintentionally shot a peace officer’s actual gun at a goal on a classroom wall as an alternative of a coaching gun leading to no accidents; a January 9 incident the place gun photographs had been fired from someplace outdoors 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 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,” Gutowski added.
The liberal networks had been desperate to push gun management come hell or excessive water no matter what the reality was.