Following that fatal school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas that took the lives of 10 people, CNN decided to update its map of school shootings so far in 2018. According to CNN, there have been 22 school shootings so far this year, or around one shooting every week.

CNN also floated a graphic claiming that there have been 288 school shootings in the United States since 2009, while Mexico came in second place with only 8.

This is CNN we’re talking about, so is the network comparing apples and bananas again? After the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., even The Washington Post debunked Everytown’s claim that it was the 18th school shooting this year, noting that Everytown for Gun Safety counts “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds” as a school shooting.

By Everytown’s standard, the first school shooting of 2018 was a suicide in a car parked outside an elementary school that had been closed for seven months.

The Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski decided to look into CNN’s school shooting count, and this is what he found:

If CNN’s list of school shootings is limited to incidents where a student is either the victim or perpetrator of a shooting by an actual gun on school grounds, only 12 of the 22 incidents would qualify. Of those 12 incidents, 9 happened at K-12 schools and 3 happened at universities. Most of those 12 do not closely resemble the shootings in Sante Fe or Parkland. Most were targeted attacks on a single victim or did not result in serious injuries. Four of the 12 shootings resulted in fatalities, 3 resulted in multiple fatalities, and 2 (Sante Fe and Parkland) were mass shootings where more than 4 people were killed.

Even one school shooting is too many, but as Gutowski points out, CNN’s count “includes shootings where neither the shooter nor the victims were students or faculty at the school. It includes accidental shootings. It even includes an incident where one student was bruised after being shot with a BB gun.”


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