CNN Slashes School Shooting Stats Claim By 80 Percent
CNN has drastically revised a claim it made, which was based on a graphical map from a pro-gun control group, which purportedly showed that 74 school shootings have occurred in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook massacre in Dec. 2012.
The news outlet circulated the graphical map, which came from the group Everytown for Gun Safety, after a shooting that occurred Tuesday at a high school in Oregon which left two dead, including the 15 year-old gunman.
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It acknowledged that many of the shootings listed by Everytown did not fit the profile of a Sandy Hook-type shooting, in which the attacks are seemingly random.
Instead, CNN said, â€śsome of the other incidents on Everytownâ€™s list included personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals.â€ť
Obviously I’m not happy that there are ANY school shootings and I wish there were a magical cure for it. Parents locking up their firearms better would be a great place to start. Parents taking more responsibility for noticing erratic behavior of their kids (not an easy task when it comes to teenagers). Better security and arming teachers might help.
Lastly, and controversially, I DO believe that violent video games, movies, etc., have SOME effect on SOME kids. Does that mean banning such material? Well, no. I’m against censorship in general. But, surely Hollywood and the game industry could come up with something different once in a while instead of just churning out the same old kill-as-many-people-as-you-can scenarios. I believe that a constant diet of such material inures kids to the genuinely ugly reality of violence and murder.
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