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How to Drastically Reduce School Shootings in America

Picard and Riker Facepalm

Just stop counting them.

In a news report published Thursday, CNN amends its prior reporting that there were 74 school shootings since the Newtown Massacre — a number calculated by gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety — and concludes that there have instead been just 15.

Just 15? With multiple school shootings occurring every month and, in some cases, multiple times per week, how did CNN conclude that only 15 school shootings have occurred since Sandy Hook?

“CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon — a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school,” the article explains. Except for the times when those criteria don’t apply: “Some of the other incidents on Everytown’s list included personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals,” the article explains, apparently nixing Everytown’s bright line criteria that encompassed all incidents “when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in publicly reported news accounts” in exchange for its own subjective assessment.

According to CNN, a school shooting does not count as a “school shooting” if it involves arguments, accidents, gang activities, or drugs. Even if it occurred on school grounds, those incidents don’t count.

I guess that’s one way to reduce school shootings: reduce your criteria to a point where virtually nothing counts.

CNN is the most trusted name in news. Or so they tell me.

  • KanaW

    From Babylon5:

    Sheridan: You’re telling me there’s no more poverty or homeless on Earth?
    Musante: Not since we rewrote the dictionary.


  • muselet

    As Everytown points out in response to CNN, these discounted shootings led to 25 deaths and 45 injuries.

    Well, so what? After all, they would eventually have died anyway, and “injuries” could mean anything so they don’t really matter.

    CNN’s coverage does not mention it, but its change of heart followed a series of criticisms from right-wing commentators and outlets.


    Media Matters commenter Chameo had the pithiest take on this story:

    Well, of course they don’t want to count anything other than planned mass shootings with multiple casualties. But even using that very narrow definition, in what freaking world is one planned mass murder in a school building EVERY FIVE WEEKS remotely acceptable?

    Fair question.


  • Kennet

    Possible solution: cease writing about ‘school shootings’ and start writing about student being shot and killed on their school campuses for petty, if any reason.

  • Nefercat

    “does not count as a “school shooting” if it involves arguments, accidents, gang activities, or drugs”
    Yes, but the point is, CNN, that people in those situations decided that bringing a gun onto school grounds or property would be an okay thing to do. And then people died.

    CNN’s reasoning makes so sense at all. It only counts as a shooting if the gun is not used for any of the usual reasons that a gun is used? WTF?