Think Progress Is Not Thinking Clearly on the Great Mills Shooting

Surprising no one at all, Think Progress is being more than a little misleading on the latest school shooting. 

What school shooting, you may ask? Where’s the wall-to-wall coverage?


Well, yes, there was one Tuesday morning, but since only one person, the shooter, was killed, the networks apparently didn’t think it was worth much their time.

What’s clear is that, Tuesday morning, a young man went to his school in Great Mills, Maryland with a loaded handgun, shot and wounded a girl with whom he’d had a previous relationship, and wounded another student before an armed school resource officer (SRO) engaged and eliminated the threat.

These facts are not in dispute.

But according to Think Progress, the National Rifle Association is making hay “before the facts are in.”

The NRA got ahead of the facts on Tuesday, attempting to spin a deadly shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland as an example of why militarizing schools is a good thing.

Of course, the NRA did no such thing. What the NRA did say was that “It’s clear that (the) officer saved lives.” It then pointed out how the mainstream media devoted little time to this fact, since the case of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun before more people could be killed doesn’t fit their narrative.

Think Progress, of course, took issue with this:

First, it is not the case that the Great Mills High School shooting was ignored by the media. As of this story’s publication in the early afternoon on Tuesday, the high school’s name was among the top trending topics on Twitter. The story was also extensively covered by all three of the major cable news networks on Tuesday morning, as well as by major print outlets.


In fairness, they are correct, the major networks covered it (for about five minutes) and then returned to the Austin bomber story, and whatever latest “outrage” the Trump Administration committed.

Second, it’s unclear whether the presence of an armed guard actually “saved lives” at all. A statement by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office noted that after the shooter fired at a female student, and the resource officer fired back at the shooter — at which point the incident ended. Authorities did not confirm, however, that the resource officer’s shot hit the gunman.

Ugh, where to start. Okay, yes, you’re right. Because we cannot prove a negative, we cannot prove that the SRO saved lives by killing the gunman before he could shoot anyone else. But likewise, you cannot prove he didn’t. Moreover, if it was a self-inflicted wound, I think we would have heard that by now, so who do you think shot the guy?

As for waiting for the facts to be in, since when have liberals or the MSM ever waited for the facts to be in. Remember when Brian Ross misidentified the Aurora, Colorado, shooter as a Tea Party activist?

And Think Progress continues with their diatribe.

Despite what the NRA would have you believe, recent history indicates that armed guards aren’t a surefire way to prevent school shootings. The presence of an armed guard at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for instance, didn’t prevent an AR-15 wielding gunman from killing 17 people there last month. And yet the NRA and Trump have responded to that deadly incident by pushing for militarizing schools and arming teachers.


Again, this bunch is right in exactly the wrong way. No, armed guards aren’t going to prevent all school shootings, and they didn’t prevent this one. But one did stop it before it could fairly get started. Not to mention, the presence of an SRO at Parkland was pointless because the coward hid instead of following doctrine and engaging the shooter.

Moreover, no one is advocating “militarizing schools” or requiring teachers to be armed. But if a teacher is trained and wants to carry concealed, why not? It’s been done in several states for years without incident.

Then we have this little nugget:

In general, research indicates the “good gun with a gun” myth is just that — a myth. A comprehensive study by the Violence Policy Center found guns “are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes.” In 2012, “for every justifiable homicide in the United States involving a gun, guns were used in 32 criminal homicides,” researchers concluded.

All of this has repeatedly been debunked, as in most defensive gun uses the weapon is never fired.

Not that it’s particularly surprising; Think Progress and their ilk have never been ones to let the facts get in the way of a good narrative.

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