It tells you a lot about gun control that those who promote it think that they can’t do so honestly and forthrightly.
Take Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown and “Moms Demand Action” anti-gun groups, as examples. Last week, almost two years to the day since the terrible crime at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, they released a “report” and a video advertisement designed to scare the American people into believing that crimes like the one in Newtown are commonplace.
The anti-gunners’ “report” claims that there have been 95 “school shootings” since the one in Newtown, while the video ad portrays schoolchildren being subjected to a school lockdown drill, as if to suggest that attacks like the one in Newtown are commonplace.
Happy to go along with the fraud are, as usual, elements of the news media that favor gun control. For example, USA Today reported the “95” claim as if prior such claims were uncontested. It failed to mention that several months ago, when the anti-gunners’ claimed that there had been 74 “school shootings” since the one in Newtown, a number of groups attacked the count’s methodology, and the Tampa Bay Tribune FactChecker rated the claim “mostly false.”
The reason was, as former President Bill Clinton might have said, “It all depends on how you define ‘school shootings.’” What the Tribune discovered was that Bloomberg’s operatives had counted as a “school shooting” virtually any instance in which a gun was fired on or near the campus of any primary or secondary school or college or university, whatever the circumstances. Those compiling the count did not attempt to distinguish incidents based on whether the persons involved had anything to do with the schools, whether anyone was injured or killed, or whether the incident took place during school hours.
The anti-gunners had even included self-defense shootings as “school shootings,” one of many ethical lapses for which they were criticized on NationalReview.com by hard-hitting reporter Charles C. W. Cooke.