The media pretends that student shootings in schools are a growing epidemic, but that isn’t true.
Student shootings are less common and schools are safer now than they were in the 1990s. There is no “epidemic” of such shootings. In fact, four times as many students died in the early nineties as have died in the present corresponding time period.
Yet the media leads people to believe the opposite.
Notice that the interviewer below asks if (or implies that) school shootings are more common. The expert gives the impression that he agrees that shootings are more common but doesn’t actually say so.
The Washington Times reports, “Schools safer today than in 1990s, study on shootings says.”
As President Trump and lawmakers consider ways to make schools safer in the wake of the Florida high school massacre, an academic study is reporting that U.S. schools overall are safer today than they were in the early 1990s, and there is not an epidemic of such shootings.
Researchers at Northeastern University say mass school shootings are extremely rare, that shootings involving students have been declining since the 1990s, and four times as many children were killed in schools in the early 1990s than today.
“There is not an epidemic of school shootings,” said James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern. He said more children die each year from pool drownings or bicycle accidents.
There are around 55 million schoolchildren in the U.S., the study said, and over the past 25 years, about 10 students on average per year were killed by gunfire at school.
The researchers used data collected by USA Today, the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, Congressional Research Service, Gun Violence Archive, Stanford Geospatial Center and Stanford Libraries, Mother Jones, Everytown for Gun Safety, and a New York City Police Department report on active shooters.
The Everytown group said this month that its own research shows there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America since 2013 — defining a shooting as anytime a firearm discharges a live round inside or into a school building or on a school campus.
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