Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/did-cnn-just-call-bloomberg-s-everytown-group-liarsHaving used what may be a faulty statistic on the number of school shootings since the December 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, CNN reported that it “took a closer look at the list” that has been pandered by Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety,” and its associated group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA).
Now, CNN is not alone in its questioning of the statistic. The Portland Oregonian, National Review and Spectator all have on-line stories. And Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, has issued a press release suggesting that Bloomberg change the name of his $50 million organization to "Every Liar for Gun Safety."
MDA founder Shannon Watts yesterday repeated the questionable statistic in an Op-Ed piece she wrote for the New York Daily News, that there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. As Examiner reported yesterday, The Blaze published several Twitter notes from journalist Charles Johnson that debunked the Everytown/MDA claim.
Here is what Watts said in the article: “(T)hese shootings also reinforce a troubling reality: 74 school shootings have occurred in the last 18 months since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, yet elected officials have continually failed to enact common-sense reforms to fix our broken gun laws.”
Here is what CNN reported:
"The statistic came from a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella group started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a passionate and public advocate of gun control.
"Without a doubt, that number is startling.
"So on Wednesday, CNN took a closer look at the list, delving into the circumstances of each incident Everytown included.
"Everytown says on its web site that it gleans its information from media reports and that its list includes school shootings involving a firearm discharged inside or on school grounds, including assaults, homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.
"CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon -- a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school. That works out to about one shooting every five weeks."
CNN’s analysis determined that just 15 of the incidents on the Bloomberg group’s list appear to be genuine school shootings that "were situations similar to the violence in Oregon," as opposed to the remaining 59, which may be questionable at best. Those include gang-related incidents, suicides and even one slaying that might be a case of domestic violence. Of course, 15 verifiable school shootings is too high a number, say gun rights activists, but it is nowhere near 74.
You know it's bad when CNN starts calling out the gun grabbers.