Northeastern Study Says School Shootings Have Declined Since 90s

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Yesterday’s massive school walkout has caused a great many riffs on social media. Liberal schools throughout the United States used children as pawns with the ultimate goal of “gun control” in mind. Some liberals claim that simply banning the AR-15 will stop mass shootings. Others want all semi-automatics banned. And others have shed their ‘sheep’s clothing’ and blatantly stated they want all guns banned.

There is no legitimate data that shows banning rifles would be an effective measure against mass shootings. However, this hasn’t stopped liberal schools from indoctrinating children otherwise. The news is also indoctrinating the herd by convincing them that today’s world offers much more mass violence in schools than ever before. The problem with such media narratives, of course, is that they are also blatantly false.

If facts matter to anyone, yesterday’s march comes two and a half decades too late. That’s because, according to a new study out of Northeastern University, the 90’s were a more dangerous time for school children. The study shows that the 90s were the peak of school shooting violence and that since then, school shootings have shown a declining trend.

James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern, says that legislative gun control policies would not prevent mass school shootings.

Fox also says that when you look at the data, four times as many kids were shot in schools during the 90s compared to today’s stats.

You can see the graph below created by Fox and Emma E. Fridel from a report titled, “The Three R’s of School Shootings: Risk, Readiness, and Response.”

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He also went on to say that kids drowning in pools and bicycle accidents are more of a threat to the life of children than mass shootings are. I haven’t seen much media fear mongering over those risks. Maybe that’s due to a lack of political agenda? The government hardly cares about your pools and kid’s BMX dirt bicycle. They care about votes, subjugation, and a reduction in our overall rights as humans and citizens.

“There is not an epidemic of school shootings,” said Fox.

Fox does, in fact, support gun control legislation such as the banning of bump stocks and the gun buying age limit being increased to 21 years old. But he also makes a point to say that while such policies may reduce overall gun violence, they will hardly move the needle on mass shootings.

“The thing to remember is that these are extremely rare events, and no matter what you can come up with to prevent it, the shooter will have a workaround,” he said.

In the past 35 years, there have only been five total scenarios where someone between the ages of 18 and 20 used a rifle that was, or was similar to, an AR-15, as a weapon in a mass shooting.

Fox is against the arming of teachers, claiming it would cause students to experience unnecessary paranoia. Emma Fridel said that mass shooting drills rehearsed at schools have been shown to be ineffective and often cause students to experience anxiety.

“These measures just serve to alarm students and make them think it’s something that’s common,” Fridel claimed.

The AR-15 has been given a bad name by the media. It is now being used as a scapegoat to entrench our society in more and more government policy. But as any true prepper understands, the AR-15 is the best SHTF gun money can buy. For our generation and generations to come, this is a weapon that can serve to protect us from scenarios such as a holocaust type act, or an EMP attack, or a natural disaster such as what could happen along the San Madrid fault in the Midwest.

Facts matter. We need to strongly reconsider our relationship with mainstream media outlets that push narratives that aren’t supported by facts. Bias reporting and fear mongering as a way to push for politically biased legislation should not be the role of the media. I strongly believe that more and more people are waking up and seeing through the media’s charade. It isn’t difficult to see how their cozy relationship with political swamp members has clouded their ability to adhere to basic journalistic integrity.

Photo by Phil Roeder

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.


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