There’s an old saying attributed to Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli, that there are three kinds of lies: “Lies, damned lies and statistics.” One damnably dishonest statistic that’s being quoted far and wide in the media in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida is a claim by the pro-gun control group “Everytown for Gun Safety” that there have been 291 school shootings in America since 2013.
The claim seems suspicious on the face of it, considering that it works out to an average of about one school shooting every six days for five straight years. But after Conservative Tribune examined what the group counts as “school shootings,” then…all suspicions were confirmed.
If you were compiling a list of “school shootings,” would you count, for instance, a report of someone firing a pistol into the air in the parking lot of an adult college? How about a legally-owned weapon accidentally discharging in the glove compartment of a school staffer’s car in the parking lot? Or an officer’s holstered weapon firing into the floor during a tussle with a violent student he was trying to remove from class?
Sadly, there are real school shootings, and they require real solutions. They shouldn’t be diminished with cooked stats designed to promote a political agenda that would have no real effect.