- The “355 Mass Shootings In 336 Days” headlines are based on misleading information
- This chart is everywhere in social media:
- The “mass shooting” definition used: “When four or more people are shot in one event, or related series of events, likely without a cooling off period. Victims might include the gunman; the data is based on news reports”
- The FBI notes that this definition also includes people injured by means other than a gun during an event, such as by falling glass or other non-gunfire injuries during an event
- A significant number of these are the result of urban gang disputes or family-focused murder suicides
- More meaningful “mass public shooting” definition from the Congressional Research Service: “In at least one or more public locations, such as a workplace, school, restaurant, house of worship, neighborhood, or other public setting, four or more victims who are not the shooter(s) . . . and not attributable to any other underlying criminal activity or commonplace circumstance (armed robbery, criminal competition, insurance fraud, argument, or romantic triangle)”
- There have been 66 of these types of shootings since 1999
66 mass public shootings in 16 years, like those that have occurred Charleston, South Carolina; Newton, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; Virginia Tech; and Roseburg, Oregon are utterly horrific but are very different than the types of events used to make up the “355 this year” assertion.
Conflating utterly different crimes for the sake of a “More Gun Control Now!” narrative is deceptive political spin.
H/T National Review