Amid reports of another shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where as many as 10 people have been killed, liberals wasted no time putting out stats in support of their gun control agenda.
Judd Legum, the editor and founder of Think Progress linked to an article from CNN that claims “there has been, on average, [one] school shooting every week this year.”
Legum tweeted: “There have been 22 school shootings where someone has been shot or killed in 2018. There have only been 20 weeks in 2018.”
There have been 22 school shootings where someone has been shot or killed in 2018.
There have only been 20 weeks in 2018.https://t.co/BXsdhUOYvF
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 18, 2018
CNN acknowledged the parameters used to come up with the statistics include shootings at the university level, gang violence and other fights, domestic violence and accidental discharges of a firearm.
One of the incidents even involved the use of a BB gun.
It didn’t take long for the faithful to regurgitate the misleading statistics, as seen in a tweet from CNN’s favorite anti-Trump Republican, Anna Navarro.
“I just heard on the news this is the 22nd school shooting in the United States in 2018. How heart-breaking,” the useful tool tweeted.
I just heard on the news this is the 22nd school shooting in the United States in 2018. How heart-breaking.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) May 18, 2018
A MSNBC contributor and self-proclaimed leader of the “resistance” also parroted the claim:
The Santa Fe High School shooting is another chapter in this sad part of American history. There have been 22 school shootings in the first 20 weeks of this year. Trump and his Republican Congress have done absolutely nothing to even try and prevent another one. Vote them out.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 18, 2018
And the man who clame dangerously close to becoming America’s second in command:
22 school shootings in 2018.
3 in the last week.
How many times must our hearts break hearing news like this – this time in Texas, at #SantaFeHighSchool?
This has to stop.
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 18, 2018
CNN commentator Sara Murray felt compelled to repeat the falsehood twice, of course:
CNN’s list of confirmed school shootings for 2018 now stands at 22.
Twenty-two. Already. This year.
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) May 18, 2018
It’s a leftist narrative in the making and it’s becoming all too obvious watching the process unfold. Just yesterday, major “news” organizations were slammed for collectively taking President Trump’s remarks about ghoulish MS-13 gang members and attributing them to all immigrants.
Disgusting. And this time, it’s right after a tragic school shooting. How much lower can they go?
Given Navarro’s dubious reputation with the truth, it didn’t take long for social media users to correct her, and scold CNN:
CNN continues to lie/mislead their readers. This “22” school shootings number literally includes things like a BB gun hitting a school bus and gang-violence.
This is CNN. pic.twitter.com/iPDtesZ0hh
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 18, 2018
It's not the 22nd school shooting in 2018.
Why do you insist on lying to people? https://t.co/DSW81KBDHI
— RBe (@RBPundit) May 18, 2018
“I just heard on the news…” is short for “I don’t have time to look into or verify this, but I want to say it anyway, and say it quickly before everyone else has already fact checked it.” https://t.co/80DRzJ3rTn
— Jacob Appelbaum (@Jappelbaume) May 18, 2018
Foks are taking a stand for the truth, and it’s good to see Americans out in force to get in front of the growing narrative:
CNN’s list is a total lie & why would you repeat it!
— Marie (@Zoddie7) May 18, 2018
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) May 18, 2018
As noted in the Miami Herald article above, the figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group co-founded by liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Here’s a broader sample of reactions to the misinformation campaign from Twitter:
God damn dude. Counting B.B. gun shootings is not helping your cause. Why can’t you people just be honest?
— Yusef Smith (@ToolboxSmith) May 18, 2018
Everytown miss information… that includes suicides, domestic violence , gangs shootings etc… dishonest idiot
— Ann Snyder (@Annsnyder3350) May 18, 2018
Ah, here's the source. Includes colleges, gang shootings, domestic violence, shootings off school hours, accidental discharges. https://t.co/p2hAUXBCvI
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) May 18, 2018
People like Judd have lied about how many school shootings there have been 13,557 times in 2018.
There have been only 20 weeks in 2018.
(one school shooting is horrific. There is no need to lie about the numbers.)https://t.co/gblUPThXvH
— Bonk (@BonkPolitics) May 18, 2018
Don't compound tragedy with stupidity. You're equating intentional mass shootings with shootings that involve BB guns, after hours domestic disputes, and accidental discharges — many of which took place in the parking lot when school was not even in session. https://t.co/pOgsGzdf3f
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) May 18, 2018
Using bullshit to prove your point probably means your point is bullshit https://t.co/aAYAOXs1tx
— Stark (@Foldedspace) May 18, 2018
To be clear, this piece uses a broad definition of school shooting. The count includes shots from BB guns, accidental shootings, and gang-related shootings. CNN is upfront about its methodology in the piece but people should be aware. https://t.co/n5rQCRe7ZT
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) May 18, 2018
This isn't just unhelpful, it's intentionally dishonest.
This list includes a "shooting" with a BB gun, an accidental discharge during a safety class, a shooting at an apartment building that happens to be on campus, at least 3 other shootings were at dorms etc. etc. https://t.co/s9l63RbZaR
— AG (@AGHamilton29) May 18, 2018
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