Liberals falsely claim accidents count as "school shootings"

From Gun Retort

Short Retort[edit | edit source]

  • I agree. An accidental discharge of a security guard's firearm is not a "school shooting".
  • But that's just one group, called "Everytown for Gun Safety", not "Liberals".

Claim Rationale[edit | edit source]

  • Everytown’s database includes any incident in which “a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or grounds.” This is a broad standard, and ends up grouping relatively minor accidents together with serious active shooter situations.
  • Accidental gunshots and public suicides are categorically different, as the FBI has noted, than incidents in which an individual with no clear motive consciously fires a semi-automatic assault rifle at crowds of students.
  • The very first school shooting of 2018 according to the database is an incident involving a 31-year-old man shooting and killing himself in a Michigan elementary school parking lot. No teachers or students were harmed or even on the premise, as the school had closed back in June.
  • Another incident listed in Everytown’s database involved a third grade student at a Minnesota special needs school pulling the trigger of a school liaison officer’s holstered gun. The officer was sitting on a bench, distracted while talking to other children. The bullet hit the ground and no one was injured.
  • Law enforcement officials apply a considerably more rigorous standard.
  • Everytown Claims Rated: False.

Retort Deep-Dive[edit | edit source]

  • That's one group, called "Everytown for Gun Safety", not "Liberals".
  • Reducing gun violence is not a "liberal" agenda.

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