Obviously, a single school shooting is too many, but last month the numbers being thrown around in the media seemed awfully high compared to the media coverage you’d expect.

On Jan. 23, The New York Times reported that a school shooting in Kentucky was the 11th of the year. However, some who looked into the number a little more deeply found, for example, a couple of suicides and one man shooting a pellet gun at a passing school bus.

After Wednesday’s horrific shooting in Florida that left at least 17 dead, the number seemed to vary depending on whom you asked.

Everytown for Gun Safety:

ABC News correspondent Mary Bruce says 18.

NBC News’ Brian Williams is saying it’s the 12th school shooting this year.

CBS says 18:

Which is it? Possibly the 5th, 8th, or 19th.

Just by numbers alone, Everytown’s total of 18 seems to be the one most citizens and journalists rely on — though we’re assuming that total includes the pellet gun and other shootings that happened near a school and in several cases harmed no one.

Katy Tur is with Team NBC, so we’re guessing she’s going with 12.

It’s right here if anyone’s interested, courtesy of HuffPost.

Which organization? Why, Everytown for Gun Safety, of course.

If we’re going to have an honest debate about guns, would it be too much to settle on a common definition of “school shooting” first?

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Update:

National Review Online’s Charles C.W. Cooke has had it with people saying there have been 18 school shootings this year:


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