When I heard this headline–74 school shootings in America since 2012–thoughtlessly repeated by many media sources, my BS meter pegged and began smoking. From Shannon Watts of Everytown For Gun Safety:
“Since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, CT, there have been at least 74 school shootings in America. How many more before our leaders pass common-sense laws to prevent gun violence and save lives?”
Because firearm policy is a frequent topic on this scruffy little blog, and also occupies a good part of my writings elsewhere on the Internet, I keep close track of school shootings, and I knew I could not possibly have missed such a huge number of actual school attacks. And so I haven’t.
Nick Leghorn at The Truth About Guns, provides the facts. As one might suspect from a Michael Bloomberg funded, astroturf anti-gun group, substantial liberty has been taken with the truth in the hope of taking substantial liberty from the law-abiding.
By all means, take the link and take a shower in reality. Another source that provides a brief description of the reality of each of Everytown’s false claims is here.
How many of the supposed 74 were actually what a reasonable person might call a school shooting? About seven–maybe. That’s Obama-level lying.