Someone in Connecticut should ask Murphy why he’s using data from a lobbying group rather than the FBI, which actually has a pretty good definition of active shooter situations and keeps tabs on the number.
“Since Sandy Hook there has been a school shooting, on average, every week,” Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) declared in a floor speech on Wednesday of last week. “How on earth can we live with ourselves if we do nothing?” Maybe the first item on Murphy’s to-do list should be to check his facts, and then chuck anything coming from the gun-control group Everytown into the round file. Their definition of “school shootings,” while evoking the memory of the Newtown massacre by a deranged gunman, actually includes anything where a trigger got pulled — even suicides and accidents, as Michelle Ye Hee Lee discovered after digging into Everytown’s claims of 126 school shootings:
When Everytown first released its tally in 2014, media organizations gave it a lot of publicity — but then had second thoughts once it became clear it was such a broad list. CNN, for instance, initially reported the “74” figure but then determined that only 15 cases were similar to Newtown.
The Fact Checker analyzed each case included in the updated list. Of the 126 cases, 25 were attempted or committed suicides. The majority of the shootings on this list were targeted attacks against individuals stemming from altercations or ongoing conflicts. …
There were at least 10 incidents that were similar to shooting in Newtown, with one shooter opening fire with the intent to kill or injure multiple victims. A separate incident in June 2015 involved a couple that shot and killed a cat on a school campus, but had told law enforcement officials they would have shot students if it were “God’s will.” We did not include that in the list of 10 incidents.