Bloomberg-Funded Gun Control Group Releases List of “School Shootings” since Newtown, Immediately Debunked

Shannon Watts of One Million Moms for Gun Control (courtesy nytimes.com)

Trying to capitalize on the recent high profile shooting incidents in the news, the Bloomberg funded gun control group Everytown fro Gun Safety released a list of 70+ “school shootings” that they claim happened since the Newtown tragedy. The implication is that if we had just “done something” (AKA banned guns) then these incidents would have been averted. But before the ink on the press release was even dry, over half of them had been thoroughly debunked . . .

The disclaimer at the bottom of the list should tell you everything you need to know.

Data: Incidents were classified as school shootings when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in publicly reported news accounts. This includes assaults, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not fired there, or were fired off school grounds after having been possessed in schools, were not included. This list includes incidents meeting the above criteria that were brought to our attention after our School Shootings Analysis was issued on February 10, 2014. Incidents were identified through media reports, so this is likely an undercount of the true total.

When you think “school shooting,” the classic Columbine-style attack is what springs to mind; a guy with a gun indiscriminately killing people. But that’s not what Bloomberg’s group is presenting. They include in their count not only typical “school shooting” attacks, but actually stretch their definition so far as to include any time a firearm was discharged on school grounds.

Police officer accidentally pulls the trigger in his squad car with no injuries? According to Bloomberg’s gun control group, that counts as a “school shooting.”

That’s only one of the issues with Bloomberg’s methodology. In short, though, the whole thing boils down to this list including:

  • Any time any firearm was discharged anywhere near a school
  • No injuries are required to be reported
  • Based on news reporting, not independent investigation

With those facts in mind, let’s look at Bloomberg’s list and see how many of these “school shootings” should really be thrown off the list according to the work done by journalist Charles C. Johnson.

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Date

City

State

School Name

School Type

Debunked?

1. 1/08/2013 Fort Myers FL Apostolic Revival Center Christian School K-12
2. 1/10/2013 Taft CA Taft Union High School K-12
3. 1/15/2013 St. Louis MO Stevens Institute of Business & Arts College/University
4. 1/15/2013 Hazard KY Hazard Community and Technical College College/University
5. 1/16/2013 Chicago IL Chicago State University College/University
6. 1/22/2013 Houston TX Lone Star College North Harris Campus College/University
7. 1/31/2013 Atlanta GA Price Middle School K-12
8. 2/1/2013 Atlanta GA Morehouse College College/University  Off campus gang shooting
9. 2/7/2013 Fort Pierce FL Indian River St. College College/University  Police shootout off campus
10. 2/13/2013 San Leandro CA Hillside Elementary School K-12  Murder near campus
11. 2/27/2013 Atlanta GA Henry W. Grady HS K-12  Gang member, accidentally shot self
12. 3/18/2013 Orlando FL University of Central Florida College/University  Suicide
13. 3/21/2013 Southgate MI Davidson Middle School K-12  Suicide
14. 4/12/2013 Christianburg VA New River Community College College/University
15. 4/13/2013 Elizabeth City NC Elizabeth City State University College/University  Off campus, gang related
16. 4/15/2013 Grambling LA Grambling State University College/University
17. 4/16/2013 Tuscaloosa AL Stillman College College/University  Criminals dispute over gambling
18. 4/29/2013 Cincinnati OH La Salle High School K-12  Suicide
19. 6/7/2013 Santa Monica CA Santa Monica College College/University
20. 6/19/2013 W. Palm Beach FL Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts K-12
21. 8/15/2013 Clarksville TN Northwest High School K-12  Domestic violence
22. 8/20/2013 Decatur GA Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy K-12
23. 8/22/2013 Memphis TN Westside Elementary School K-12
24. 8/23/2013 Sardis MS North Panola High School K-12  Gang violence, out of school hours
25. 8/30/2013 Winston-Salem NC Carver High School K-12  Single victim, money dispute
26. 9/21/2013 Savannah GA Savannah State University College/University  Argument in dorm
27. 9/28/2013 Gray ME New Gloucester High School K-12  Suicide, not student
28. 10/4/2013 Pine Hills FL Agape Christian Academy K-12
29. 10/15/2013 Austin TX Lanier High School K-12  Suicide
30. 10/21/2013 Sparks NV Sparks Middle School K-12
31. 11/1/2013 Algona IA Algona High/Middle School K-12  Suicide, not a student
32. 11/2/2013 Greensboro NC North Carolina A&T State University College/University  Gang related drive-by
33. 11/3/2013 Stone Mountain GA Stephenson High School K-12  Gang related, victim not a target
34. 11/21/2013 Rapid City SD South Dakota School of Mines & Technology College/University  Suicide
35. 12/4/2013 Winter Garden FL West Orange High School K-12  Gang on gang violence
36. 12/13/2013 Arapahoe County CO Arapahoe High School K-12
37. 12/19/2013 Fresno CA Edison High School K-12  Gang initiation
38. 1/9/2014 Jackson TN Liberty Technology Magnet HS K-12
39. 1/14/2014 Roswell NM Berrendo Middle School K-12
40. 1/15/2014 Lancaster PA Martin Luther King Jr. ES K-12  Drive-by, no injuries
41. 1/17/2014 Philadelphia PA Delaware Valley Charter HS K-12  Gang on gang violence
42. 1/20/2014 Chester PA Widener University College/University  Took place outside school, single victim
43. 1/21/2014 West Lafayette IN Purdue University College/University  Single target
44. 1/24/2014 Orangeburg SC South Carolina State University College/University  Argument off campus
45. 1/28/2014 Nashville TN Tennessee State University College/University
46. 1/28/2014 Grambling LA Grambling State University College/University  Off campus, drive by, BB gun
47. 1/30/2014 Palm Bay FL Eastern Florida State College College/University  Defensive gun use!
48. 1/31/2014 Phoenix AZ Cesar Chavez High School K-12  Gang “turf war” out of school hours
49. 1/31/2014 Des Moines IA North High School K-12  Gang related in parking lot
50. 2/7/2014 Bend OR Bend High School K-12
51. 2/10/2014 Salisbury NC Salisbury High School K-12  Gang related, “accidental”
52. 2/11/2014 Lyndhurst OH Brush High School K-12  Off campus, after hours, personal dispute
53. 2/12/2014 Jackson TN Union University College/University  Murder in parking lot
54. 2/20/2014 Raytown MO Raytown Success Academy K-12  Murder in parking lot
55. 3/2/2014 Westminster MD McDaniel College College/University  Drive-by, no injuries
56. 3/7/2014 Tallulah LA Madison High School K-12
57. 3/8/2014 Oshkosh WI University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh College/University  Gun fired into ceiling, no injuries
58. 3/21/2014 Newark DE University of Delaware College/University
59. 3/30/2014 Savannah GA Savannah State University College/University
60. 4/3/2014 Kent OH Kent State University College/University  Self inflicted accident
61. 4/7/2014 Roswell NM Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell College/University
62. 4/11/2014 Detroit MI East English Village Preparatory Academy K-12  Gang related, outside school hours
63. 4/21/2014 Griffith IN St. Mary Catholic School K-12  Domestic violence in parking lot
64. 4/21/2014 Provo UT Provo High School K-12  Suicide
65. 4/26/2014 Council Bluffs IA Iowa Western Community College College/University  Mugging gone bad
66. 5/2/2014 Milwaukee WI Marquette University College/University  Robbery gone bad
67. 5/3/2014 Everett WA Horizon Elementary School K-12  Gang related, out of school hours
68. 5/4/2014 Augusta GA Paine College College/University  Gang and drug related
69. 5/5/2014 Augusta GA Paine College College/University  Gang and drug related
70. 5/8/2014 Georgetown KY Georgetown College College/University  Accidental discharge ricochet
71. 5/8/2014 Lawrenceville GA Georgia Gwinnett College College/University  Suicide
72. 5/21/2014 Milwaukee WI Clark Street School K-12  Gang battle crossfire
73. 6/5/2014 Seattle WA Seattle Pacific University College/University
74. 6/10/2014 Troutdale OR Reynolds High School K-12

 

I’ll update the list as more information comes in. But it looks like fewer than seven of these seventy-four instances could be called “school shooting” using the common sense criteria of “spree shooter in a school.” Even fewer reach the Bloomberg-supported definition of “mass shooting.” It looks like Bloomberg and his cronies can’t even assemble a list of school shootings long enough to warrant an article without padding the stats and misrepresenting the facts.

Or, as Charles C. Johnson put it: