Report: School shootings hit record high

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The school shooting in Uvalde, TXs shook the nation to its core.

It’s unsurprising, though. We always take the senseless murder of young children a bit harder than pretty much any other group of people.

Yet according to a report from Everytown, “school shootings” hit a record in the 2021-2022 school year.

No school year in the U.S. in nearly a decade saw as much gunfire as the 2021-2022 academic calendar, a report released Friday shows.

The report was published by Everytown For Gun Safety, a non-partisan group advocating against gun violence. It shows the last school year, between Aug. 1 and May 31, saw 193 incidents of gunfire, more than doubling the total of the previous year.

For the report, Everytown tracked data going back to the 2013-2014 school year. No other school year had more than 75 incidents of gunfire. The 2021-2022 incidents led to 59 deaths and 138 injuries, Everytown reported.

“We don’t have to live this way, our children and educators sure as hell shouldn’t die this way,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown For Gun Safety.

Authors of the report found most shootings are perpetrated by a student or former student at a school. Because of this, most shootings can be prevented just by keeping guns out of the hands of students, authors said.

“The hopeful news is that, much of this gunfire, it is actually preventable,” said Sarah Burd-Sharps, senior director of research at Everytown.

Alright, first, let’s back up just a bit and unpack all of this.

First, there’s no mention of exactly how they define a “school shooting” precisely. If the allusion to “incidents of gunfire” is in fact all their definition, then I can’t help but wonder how many such shootings took place on the weekend or after everyone had gone home for the day.

Now, for the sake of argument, let’s take their numbers at face value.

With that in mind, let’s remember that Everytown for Gun Safety isn’t a “non-partisan group advocating against gun violence.” The group backs Democrats almost exclusively. They’re partisan as hell.

Plus, they push gun control, not gun safety. They try to hide that behind euphemisms, but they do almost no actual work promoting safe handling of firearms.

So with all that said, what about the numbers themselves. Are they preventable, as Everytown claims?

Well, they might be, but not nearly as much as they’d like for folks to believe.

You see, the presumption being presented is that these are kids who simply slip Mom or Dad’s handgun out of the nightstand and take it to school. While I have no doubt that happens, it’s also likely a small minority of the cases we hear about.

Look at where many of these cases happen. They’re inner city schools in major cities. These are the places where folks are more likely to back gun control in the first place, so it’s far less likely they have guns.

What we actually see are kids acquiring guns illegally, often through gang contacts, and then carrying them to school. That’s the source of many school shootings and that’s something that’s far less preventable.

Yet those are illegal gun transfers that take place completely outside of the law. Anyone with any sense knows that new laws won’t stop those transfers from happening, so Everytown simply pretends they’re a non-issue. They focus on the cases they think they can leverage to push legislation and ignore everything else.

Unfortunately, USA Today, while reporting on this, took literally everything they said about school shootings at face value, as if they’re an unbaised organization with no interest beyond the academics.

And I bet they wonder why trust in the media is so low.