Why School Shooting Statistics Are Completely Bogus

9
2019

When social justice warriors and the like try to shove something down our collective throats, it’s usually sold to us under the labels of “compassion,” and we’re told that it’s “for the children.”

Certainly, the push for gun bans is nearly always sold to us as being a push to protect the children from such horrible things as school shootings (never mind that these same people tend to be the ones insisting that you send your kids to their sitting duck target range… er… their gun free zones for easy targets… er… their schools instead of allowing options for education to parents).

So, here is the problem with the school shooting information which anti-gunners keep putting out there to push for more and more gun control: it’s bogus. That’s right, the statistics that they use are deceiving. Tyler Durden writes,

In reality, despite a tidal wave of misleading propaganda, the number of school shootings has fallen sharply over the past 30 years.

But anti-gun activists in government and the media have done their best to persuade people otherwise.

Last year, the federal Education Department reported that “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting” in the 2015-16 school year. National Public Radio investigated and found that the feds had exaggerated school shootings by twentyfold; NPR could confirm only 11 incidents. Cleveland was credited with 37 shooting incidents, when in reality it was simply a report of 37 schools that noted “possession of a knife or a firearm.” In DeKalb County, Georgia, “a toy cap gun fired on a school bus” counted as a school shooting. One school system was listed as a shooting locale for an incident involving a pair of scissors. NPR noted,

“Most of the school leaders NPR reached had little idea of how shootings got recorded for their schools. For example, the [federal Civil Rights Data Collection] reports 26 shootings within the Ventura Unified School District in Southern California. ‘I think someone pushed the wrong button,’ said Jeff Davis, an assistant superintendent there. The outgoing superintendent, Joe Richards, ‘has been here for almost 30 years and he doesn’t remember any shooting,’ Davis added.”

Even the leftist news site Vox noted, “The risk of a child getting killed by someone else at school in 2011, the last year for which there’s final data, was about 1 in 5 million.” Vox again: The rate of “serious violent victimization” among students — rape, sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault — was about 1 in 1,000 in 2011, down from 1 in 100 in 1995. In 1995, 10 percent of students were victims of some kind of crime at school; in 2011, just 4 percent were.” Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox observed, “We over-obsess about school shootings. Surveys show the majority of students are afraid there will be a mass shooting at their school. These are rare events — scary though they may be, tragic though they may — and we shouldn’t over-respond.”

Think about these statistics. Anti-gunners and their lapdogs in the mainstream media are pushing an anti-gun narrative using school shootings as one of their primary reasons for gun control, but we don’t ever hear them talking about teaching your kids how to defend themselves, about how to teach them situational awareness so that they can stay out of many dangerous situations. And those are much more likely to be situations which our kids will need to deal with.

Let’s be honest here: anti-gunners and the mainstream media are simply about their narrative and not about the truth, and we need to tell the world.

9 COMMENTS

  1. The bogus statistics are due to the very loose definitions of what actually constitutes a school mass shooting incident. The Liberals and their media cohorts use every shooting, whether injuries or fatalities occur or not, that happen anywhere within a school and its “immediate surroundings” (this inflates the numbers dramatically). The CDC is guilty of that error in data collection as well..
    When we filter those data points from the true FBI definition of a mass school shooting, the number of actual events is much, much lower.
    Statistics and their accuracy is dependant upon the ethics of the Statistician. As my Grandfather told me years ago, “Figures don’t lie, but Liars figure.”

  2. There’s always a need for gun control . Can’t let every nut case have a gun . But there not trying to take away the guns from nut cases . Their trying to take away the league gun owner rights to defend ourself from nut cases and the government wing nuts who want to control us . When guns are outlawed … I will be a outlaw . Rather die fighting on my feet then on my knees . The league gun owner isn’t the enemy . So why are they trying to make us that . They will never get the guns from the real bad guys out on the streets . Beside … why do they have armed guards protecting them if it’s so safe with out guns . I know where to carry and not to carry . I been carrying for 35 + years and never did anything stupid with my gun . I know if I mess up I will lose my prilvege to carry . It’s not a right to carry … you earn the prilvege to carry . You have the right to own a gun … but not to carry concealed . Every league gun owner knows this , and follows the law . But still they paint a picture that , that’s a bad thing . Fight for the 2nd amendment . It’s what our forfathers died for to be free . This is a free country … right ????

    • you make some good points, but your statement about he right to carry is off, the Constitution states that: “The right to KEEP and BARE arms shall not be infringed.” It does not say you have to pay some bureaucrat a fee because of how you carry your weapon, this is your choice not theirs.

  3. We “ALL” were born with brains. Why are the lunatic democrats trying to take that away from us. We are not allowed to speak against their ideas, and, we are not allowed to drink out of 32 oz. glasses in NY, nor are we allowed to use the term ILLEGAL ALIEN. Once the demonrats are elected to office, we will no longer be citizens, we will be subjects, who will not be allowed to think for themselves. Another thought is that if they win, they will eliminate the Electoral College, which means only one thing: The USA will be run by California and New York. The remaining 48 states will become their subjects. Or is that 55 states per Obama?

  4. It’s REALLY hard to convince someone about the “compassion” of so called “gun control” while looking down the BARREL of a gun, with NO WAY to protect yourself. A GOOD guy with a gun will stop a BAD guy with a gun EVERY TIME. This was proven in TEXAS. Team Trump and his allies 2020

  5. Old Wolf, it is NOT a prilvedge to carry a firearm. It is a God given RIGHT. Gun control is not about guns, it is about control. People control is what the libturd Democrats want because they are afraid of what will happen to them when they are exposed for the power hungry communists that they are.

  6. Without getting into the politics end of things I will say this. The powers that be have already reduced out gun rights far beyond what the people the wrote the second amendment ever intended. The second amendment was NEVER about our need to have guns for putting food on the table, it was about the peoples ability to keep the government in check. They knew that we would have never been able to get out from under the yoke of Briton if the people of what would become the U S had not been armed. They foresaw the need to keep the people that way to keep the government from ever being able to run roughshod over it’s citizens in the future.
    If the american revolution had happened in the last century instead of the when it did, they would have written the second so that NO weapons could ever be banned.
    In those days, we pretty much had weapons on par with the forces we were fighting, so we won in the long run.
    Today we would be fighting against our own military, and no matter what, we would be hopelessly out gunned.
    Years ago, when the president wanted to know the truth about ufo’s the military told him it was need to know information and he didn’t need to know. Basically it was above his pay grade. If the “Head of the government” can’t find these things out, then obviously he isn’t really the head of the ” government”. Which leads to the question of who is really in charge?
    After WW2 when the last General to be president left office, he warned us of the rise of the military industrial complex and it seems no one took his warning to heed.
    Now in my opinion, they and not US are the ones who are truly running this country.

  7. I want to add one more thing. As long as we keep fighting, Democrats against Republicans. The people who are REALLY in charge are getting just what they want. To keep us divided and fighting among ourselves so that they can go right ahead with ” business ” as usual.

  8. WERE THE “LEGISLATORS” ACTUALLY WANTING TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN; THERE COULD HAVE BEEN METAL DETECTORS IN EVERY SCHOOL, MANY YEARS AGO. THE ENTRANCES/EXITS HAVE TO BE CONTROLLED ANYWAY. EXEPTING IN THE CASE OF EMERGENCY EXITS AND THOSE SHOULD COMPLETELY SECURED FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY. THIS IS ANOTHER ISSUE IN WHICH OUR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN USED AS POLITICAL PAWNS; AND SACRIFICED IN AN EFFORT TO ELIMINATE BOTH OUR FIRST AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. THE REST OF THE CONSTITUITION WOULD SOON FOLLOW. ALREADY WE HAVE LEFTISTS ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE CALLING SOME PARTS OF THE CONSTITUITION “NONSENSE” WHEN THOSE LAWS DO NOT SERVE HIS SOCIALIST AGENDA.

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