By Tom Knighton
There’s been a claim that’s been repeated over and over again about how there are just so many school shootings. Anti-gunners love to argue that they’re so common today and we really, really need to do something about guns because of them. They can’t fathom any response to this epidemic–their word–other than strictly curtailing people’s access to firearms.
In their view, there’s at least one school shooting per day, and we simply have to do something right now. Of course, as noted previously, the only “doing something” they can imagine is restricting guns.
However, NPR of all people has found that the statistic they use to make this case is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school?
We should know. But we don’t.
This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates.
But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.childtrends.org/data-sources-make-it-difficult-to-know-whether-school-shootings-are-happening-more-often" target="_blank" …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms