By Tom Knighton
Today is the anniversary of Sandy Hook, so it makes sense that some would use it as an opportunity to push their agenda. One of those was CNN White House corresponded Jim Acosta.
Acosta took to Twitter this morning to present the sobering truth about mass shootings over the post-Sandy Hook era.
Since Sandy Hook there have been at least 1,552 mass shootings, with at least 1,767 people killed and 6,227 wounded. https://t.co/RZeFDHhYmR
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 14, 2017
It sounds pretty terrible, and it is. However, it’s also a heavily skewed number that bears no relationship to reality.
For some time now, the media has run with the mass shooting count presented by an activist group. In and of itself, this isn’t necessarily a problem. Activists often look at data and collate it so they can use it to make a broader point.
But these activists have done something very different. They’ve redefined the term.
However, the Gun Violence Archive counts any shooting attack where four or more people are injured as a mass shooting. This is a looser standard than the FBI standard for mass murder which they describe as “a number of murders (four or more) occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders.”
Only 8 of the 154 incidents the Gun Violence Archive meet the FBI standard for mass murder.
The results were similar in 2015 when the Washington Free Beacon analyzed media coverage of mass shootings in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack. At the time, national media outlets were circulating similar mass shooting numbers created by a group of gun control activists on Reddit. The subreddit, sarcastically named Guns Are Cool, similarly defined a mass Click to see the original article