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Here are 33 Questionable Entries on the ‘Viral’ Everytown Map of All School Shootings Since Newtown

Everytown for Gun Safety is an activist organization against law-abiding citizens carrying firearms. It was founded by Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts, and as The Blaze reports, headlines that 1.37 school shootings have occurred “every single week in the U.S. since the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.”

No surprise, when it came out with its list of ‘every school shooting since Sandy Hook,’ it crammed every conceivable case onto it so as to make it appear like armed criminals were attacking our schools every week.

Huffington Post editor Mark Gongloff mapped Everytown’s data, and inevitably, the figure went viral. So viral, in fact, that news anchor Shepard Smith was repeatedly citing the “74 shootings” figure on his Fox News program Tuesday afternoon. In any event, here is the map:

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So, using Sandy Hook as the starting point and running until today’s tragic Oregon school shooting, what do these datapoints represent? Well, it turns out that they represent all sorts of things. They turn out to be “assaults, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings” that happen “inside a school building or on school or campus grounds.”

Let’s just note for the record here that 95%+ of these areas are in so-called “gun-free zones” before moving on. In other words, they have perfect gun control regimes in theory.

Anyway, journalist Charles C. Johnson wanted a closer look at the cases that Everytown was portraying as “school shootings.” This is what he found:

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https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476502666059579393

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476503668531802113

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476504027555835905

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476504525826568193

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476504791799980032

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476505583336431616

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476506804810035200

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476507234105454592

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476509835496665089

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476512120280854528

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476512944054751232

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476514284629815296

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476514565178421249

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476519236106326016

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476520311651700736

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476520918093533184

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476522167354417152

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476523170048909312

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476525330086100992

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476526845630746624

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476529226107994113

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476530093724950528

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476530967058718723

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476532467461931008

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476533217726459904

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476534112946106369

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476535085324201984

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476538872428376064

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476539591671812096

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476540752952975360

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476541949881487361

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/statuses/476543634582421505

Whether or not one wants to dismiss all this and say these cases “technically” fit, gang-related violence and suicides are not really what people have in mind when it comes to “school shootings.” In other words, this list was compiled to give the public an exaggerated impression of how many school shootings have taken place.

No matter what that number actually is – it’s too many. But the solution to stopping criminals with guns won’t ever be taking guns away from their potential victims.

In a nation where there are 44,000,000 firearms owners who are not committing gun homicides every year, and roughly eleven thousand murders and nineteen thousand suicides (as of 2013), one has to ask the question: why should people forfeit their right to self-defense on behalf of a tiny minority of criminals? And where is the evidence that would solve the problem and make people safer anyway?

What we need are real solutions: Those may include bullet-proof blankets, tornado shelters, armed police on duty around schools, security guards in tough school districts, metal detectors or better mental health screening for rampage violence tendencies – but limiting the self-defense capability of law-abiding citizens is not the solution some wish it would be when it comes to stopping violent criminals.


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