Bear­ing Arms ‘au­dit’: Every­town ‘school shoot­ings’ mostly aren’t

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

An in­tel­lec­tual “au­dit” of Every­town For Gun Safety has re­vealed a def­i­ni­tion of “school shoot­ing” that in­cludes ev­ery­thing from neg­li­gent dis­charges to sui­cide.

The Town­hall Me­dia-af­fil­i­ated web­site Bear­ing Arms re­cently re­searched over 200 “school shoot­ings” cited by Every­town, which is largely funded by for­mer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Writer Bob Owens de­cided to un­dergo the project after see­ing a Dec. 15 Huff­in­g­ton Post ar­ti­cle that took the num­bers at face value.

“We de­cided that it was time to take a hard look at the claimed school shoot­ings,” Mr. Owens wrote.

Bear­ing Arms then went through ev­ery school shoot­ing tal­lied by Every­town, linked to lo­cal news re­ports and pro­vided a count of “lies” for read­ers to con­sider.

Some of the site’s find­ings in­clude: ● Every­town qual­i­fied gang ac­tiv­ity near but not on a school cam­pus in Chicago as a school shoot­ing.

● Neg­li­gently dis­charged weapons dur­ing the clean­ing process — where no one was hurt — were con­sid­ered school shoot­ings.

● The neg­li­gent dis­charge by a school jan­i­tor who found a gun on cam­pus was deemed a school shoot­ing.

● A man fol­lowed his es­tranged wife into a school park­ing lot and killed her, but Every­town listed it as a school shoot­ing.

The web­site con­cluded that of 203 in­ci­dents since 2013 chron­i­cled by Every­town, “only 44 meet the com­mon per­cep­tion of a school shoot­ing, where some­one came to a school cam­pus to shoot fac­ulty, staff, or stu­dents.”

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