The current administration has been engaged in a full court press for more gun control since the President BidenHarris took office. It took old Joe — or whoever is actually running things in the White House — some time, but he’s now in the process of killing off the 80% lower and gun build kit business, making millions of gun owners into felons by arbitrarily redefining what constitutes a short barrel rifle, and installing a rabid gun control advocate as head of the ATF.
The media, always helpful and compliant in furthering any political efforts to disarm Americans and limit their Second Amendment rights, used the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting to drive home the BidenHarris administration’s point that something must be done about “gun violence” in America.
Along those lines, CBS re-aired a three-year-old 60 Minutes piece on why the AR-15 is allegedly the “weapon of choice” of mass shooters (hint: it isn’t). And CNN used a convenient definition to claim that America had eight mass shootings just this past weekend.
We’ve looked at 60 Minutes’ bogus claim before. While AR platform rifles have been used in some horrific, high profile shootings, the truth is that the mass shooter’s weapon of choice is and always has been the handgun, which is used in the overwhelming majority of these crimes. A fact you’d think the big brains at CBS news could have determined on their own.
That brings us to the ink-stained jernalismists at CNN. Their ultra-well-researched reporting has apparently revealed that America has endured almost 300 mass shootings so far this year.
As the nation marked the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando on Saturday, it has a staggering and grim new statistic to contend with for 2021.
So far this year, we have suffered 272 mass shootings, according to Gun Violence Archive. From Friday afternoon to Sunday, at least nine people were killed and another 47 were injured in eight mass shootings in six states, according to data compiled by CNN and the Gun Violence Archive.
In other words, CNN didn’t really do any reporting. They’re just regurgitating the “statistics” presented by that authoritative database of firearms-related carnage, the Gun Violence Archive.
As CNN claims . . .
The total number of mass shootings is about 40% higher than at this point in 2020, and about 65% higher than at this point in 2019, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. There were an estimated 194 mass shootings in the US during this same period in 2020, and an estimated 164 mass shootings in the US in this same period in 2019.
How is that possible? Why isn’t the local and national news full of reports of these alleged mass shootings? The reason lies in the Gun Violence Archive’s definition of what constitutes a mass shooting.
When the average person thinks “mass shooting,” they think about Columbine, Parkland, or Sutherland Springs. The measure of a mass shooting as used by the media was always four or more people killed in a single shooting event.
But then the Gun Violence Archive came along and took a more…liberal approach to their definition. They call any incident in which for our more people are shot or killed a mass shooting. As CNN states in their post, they’ve now adopted the same definition.
That definition, of course, greatly expands the number of incidents that can be called mass shootings. Including standard criminal or gang activity in the number makes the total roughly seven to ten times larger than it otherwise would be. Lots of drive-bys are now considered mass shootings. When a drug deal goes bad and someone opens fire, those are now mass shootings, too.
The media are only too happy to go along with these gamed numbers. They quote the “authoritative” source of the Gun Violence Archive when they report the number of “mass shootings,” making the total number look much bigger and therefore more alarming to the average low-information “news” consumer. And that’s exactly the point.
The media, in their attempts to help politicians with whom they agree, quote the Gun Violence Archive’s inflated numbers to make their stories more alarming. They want to terrify the average citizen in order to win their support for more limits in the right to keep and bear arms.
Most of the shootings the Gun Violence Archive lists are, in fact, gang- and drug-related. But street crime-related shootings don’t concern the average citizen much. The GVA — and the media — know that John and Jane Q. Public are far too busy to dig into their numbers. All they’ll absorb is the “new” that mass shootings are increasing. And that’s exactly the way they want it.