Media school shooting paranoia fosters false narratives
The tragic Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting led to days of mourning, as well as immediate calls from the left, mainstream media and academics to revoke gun rights protections under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Robby Soave at Reason debunked left-leaning mainstream media accounts of school shootings. Much has been made of NPR’s article on 27 school shootings that took place this year, but Soave correctly pointed out that the article confused the terms “school shooting”, “mass shooting” and ” in a mass school.
Instead, the data shows there have been 13 mass school shootings in the past 56 years, instead of the false media narrative that there were 27 school shootings in 2022 alone. Soave pointed out that school shootings, as defined by Education Week, occur when “a person other than the suspect is shot and injured on school property”. The majority of the 26 school shootings were due to student parking disputes or post-sporting event disputes and each of those shootings resulted in one or zero deaths.
The tragic mass school shooting in Uvalde, where 19 children and 2 adults died, is a rare event. The research carried out by the American Scientist claimed that, since 1966, there have been 13 mass school shootings that have resulted in at least 4 deaths of people other than the suspect. Indeed, 146 people died in these 13 mass shootings in schools.
Soave wrote that mass shootings account for less than 1% of all gun-related deaths, while suicides and mass shootings account for the majority of gun-related crimes.
The mainstream media has always been wrong about gun crimes and mass school shootings. Audiences deserve accurate reporting without the politically tinged paranoia when it comes to this sensitive topic.