The way the news goes these days, you almost feel as if school shootings are happening on a daily basis. One might blame the media for its salacious, exaggerated coverage of all things gun oriented for this feeling. But the U.S. Department of Education has their role in the matter. Their compiled list of school shootings for the year of 2015 to 2016 amounts to 240 school shooting incidents.
However, a new NPR report is disputing the Department of Education’s tally.
NPR called each school listed on the DOE’s report and found that 161 of them aren’t true. In other words, 161 schools are factored into the dreadful school shooting category but never had an incident of gun violence take place.
In fact, NPR is only able to confirm 11 of the events. That means almost every school shooting event listed by the Department of Education is either highly inaccurate or falsified.
This is backed up in NPR’s report by the ACLU.
“A separate investigation by the ACLU of Southern California also was able to confirm fewer than a dozen of the incidents in the government’s report, while 59 percent were confirmed errors.”
The NPR article begins with the extraordinary, compelling, and honest opening phrase:
How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school?
We should know. But we don’t.
Now the question becomes, why is the Department of Education’s statistics on school shootings so egregiously inaccurate?
Is this an error, or “fake data” that’s used to push “fake news” that’s used to create “fake outrage” across our country. In other words, the falsified data is used as a compelling argument for gun control.
Author: Jim Satney
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