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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Washington Post corrects a gun error -- and makes two of its own

Hats off to John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich of the Washington Post for calling out multi-billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun front group, Everytown for Gun Safety, for politicizing a tragedy and pumping out garbage statistics.

"No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong," the headline to their local story said. I do not link pay walls unless they share the lot.

Bloomberg's organization tweeted shortly after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida, "This is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018."

Anti-Second Amendment people did not bother to verify this.

Cox and Rich, local reporters for the Washington Post, did.

"Everytown has long inflated its total by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings. Take, for example, what it counts as the year’s first: On the afternoon of Jan. 3, a 31-year-old man who had parked outside a Michigan elementary school called police to say he was armed and suicidal. Several hours later, he killed himself. The school, however, had been closed for seven months. There were no teachers. There were no student," they wrote.

They also gave both sides of the story, allowing the group to respond.

"Sarah Tofte, Everytown’s research director, calls the definition 'crystal clear,' noting that 'every time a gun is discharged on school grounds it shatters the sense of safety' for students, parents and the community," Cox and Rich reported.

As good as their journalism was, the pair could not finish their story without showing their own bias.

"The figures matter because gun-control activists use them as evidence in their fight for bans on assault weapons, stricter background checks and other legislation. Gun-rights groups seize on the faults in the data to undermine those arguments and, similarly, present skewed figures of their own." the pair wrote.

So the real problem  is not that the anti-gun people flat-out lied, but that is protectors of the Second Amendment will use this falsehood against the anti-Second Amendment group.

I wish Cox and Rich had kept their opinions to themselves.

In their next paragraph, they told two whoppers of its own.

"Gun violence is a crisis in America, especially for children, and a huge number — one that needs no exaggeration — have been affected by school shootings. An ongoing Washington Post analysis has found that more than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999," they wrote.

1. Gun deaths are at a low not seen since the 1960s.

2. There are 98,000 public schools in America and 33,000 private ones teaching with enrollments topping 50 million. It has been 19 years since Columbine. That means on average less than 10 out of 131,000 schools experiences a shooting in a school year.


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  1. Ten schools are still ten too many, but even if we have armed guards and armed teachers at all schools, someone's still going to try to shoot one up.

    1. Comprehension not one of your strong points.Did not happen could happen,

      "It has been 19 years since Columbine. That means on average less than 10 out of 131,000 schools experiences a shooting in a school year."

  2. "Known Wolf " control -or lack of it..
    is the problem.

    Bloomberg doesn't like Sheep to defend
    themselves.. TG

  3. In spite of giving hundreds of millions to charity while being Mayor of a great city for a record run, Bloomberg will only be remembered for the freedoms he tried to suppress, the willfulness of his arrogance.

    1. Actually he will be remembered for being a short little ass,camera angles to make him look bigger,and being a billionaire who thinks his money can make all of us little people into his image and likeness of society.

  4. The fbi knew about Cruz but did nothing because their time was devoted to building a case against Trump. They've outlived their usefulness. Maybe we don't need them.

  5. Most of these school shooters were on some kind of medication. When are we gonna quit drugging our kids? - GOC

    1. Exactly. The issue that "no one will touch", yet the wave to expose the issue is growing. In the rush to the gun debate the real lethal weapon is being missed - - The Globalist and Technocrats created these drugs to create violent acts to make something akin to False Flag events. The drugs cause homicidal ideation but the blame is put onto guns.

  6. The liberals can’t help themselves when it comes to guns. Surprised they corrected the Bloomberg fallacy.

  7. I am SO PAST DONE with this gun control shit. The only salient question is: Was this punk an NRA member? My guess is, fuck no. Everything else is twaddle. There are 300 million guns in this country. Whaddya you gonna do, Mikey, assemble a goon squad to come confiscate em all? Here's my solution: Stop teaching kids about anal sex and replace it with a gun safety class, taught by NRA members. Students who get certified will be issued a CCW permit which includes carry on school grounds. That'll make these sick bastards think twice. And he's still alive. I cannot fucking believe that.

  8. When I was growing up, every hardware store- and Sears, and Monkey Ward- had guns for sale. Anyone could buy them without background checks. Many schools had shooting ranges, many taught gun safety, and high school parking lots had pickup trucks with rifles on a rack in the back window in hunting season.

    Crime was much higher then, yet where I lived nobody locked their doors. We had some troubled kids in my school, but fist fights were as bad as it ever got with them. Most boys had a pocketknife in their pocket, but it didn't get used for fights. Ever.

    So what are the differences? Offhand I can think of several: Our culture was more unitary than it is today, God wasn't mocked on a daily basis, kids weren't drugged for "ADHD" or whatever, punishment came swiftly to kids who got out of line, and parents would back up the teachers when it came to discipline. A lot of teachers were men, too, which may have something to do with our problems today.

    We can't go back to the '50s- but maybe we ought to look at what worked then, and see if it wouldn't still work today.

  9. Are the 10 school shootings per year based on "actual" shootings, like this shitbird Cruz kind? or the fake shootings like what BLoomberg's group states?


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