74 school shootings?

“74 shootings in schools since Sandy Hook”  This is the headline on Mashable:  http://mashable.com/2014/06/10/school-shootings-since-sandy-hook/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link&utm_content=bufferea234&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I am copying a comment listed below the article because I think it is so accurate:

one incident like yesterday is too many, but let’s actually look at the data before using this misleading stat. There are several of the 74 incidents that had nothing to do with school (someone being shot and then being found on campus grounds), there are multiple suicide attempts, there are incidents between adults on ‘school grounds’ after hours, there is even a self-defense case where a shot was fired. 

Manipulating data to the point where the meaning being pushed is absolutely false is bad enough, doing so using a tragedy like yesterday to effect political change is appalling and not a way to address the multiple issues tat lead up to an incident like yesterday. 

Just do a search on the first incident listed, here’s what you get:  “Fort Myers’ first homicide of 2013 was being committed on Barden Street in the Dunbar neighborhood, and just yards away from the Apostolic Revival Center and Christian School..”

Is it terrible that someone was shot outside a school? absolutely. is this the same with equating it to Newtown? no. Is it even a “shooting in a school?”

Dear Mr. Ries, what are your ideas to your question: “How many more before our leaders pass common-sense laws to prevent gun violence and save lives?”  What are these so called common-sense laws? How are you going to prevent it?  Your article is miss leading and you have no ideas to help the problem.



About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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