Op-ed gets facts wrong on Toledo football game shooting

Op-ed gets facts wrong on Toledo football game shooting
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Anytime there’s a shooting at a sporting event, there’s cause for concern. After all, sports are supposed to be one of those things that bring us together.

Unless you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, anyway. I mean, they booed Santa. I’m pretty sure that sets them apart in so many ways.

However, there was a shooting outside of a football game in Toledo, Ohio recently. Three people were shot. That’s spurred at least one op-ed that wants to address it. It’s just too bad that the author gets some key facts wrong.

The Toledo Public School District did everything right. Fans were screened for weapons before they could enter the stadium. There were 16 members of law enforcement on the stadium grounds.

Initial reports are that the shooting may have been gang-related.

Someone explain to me why people who have no use for school, insist on disrupting and loitering around school-related activities.

Because you can set your watch to it, a few people dog-whistled that “we know” who did the shooting.

Sure we do: It’s people who have no business with access to guns. However that now requires a caveat, thanks to Ohio’s loosey-goosey gun policy.

Now, let’s understand a few facts here.

One is that we still don’t actually know who did the shooting. That matters because if you’re going to blame Ohio’s gun control laws or the lack of them, you need to know definitively if that played a factor. At this point, we have absolutely no information one way or another.

What we do know is that historically, criminals aren’t buying their guns in gun stores. Few are acquired through otherwise lawful face-to-face transfers. They’re generally either stolen or bought on the black market. All of that is illegal regardless of what state you’re in.

However, if you want to try and blame Ohio’s pro-gun nature for the crime, then you’d best be ready to support that with more than flippant comments. For one thing, you should have some difficulty finding shootings at similar events in anti-gun states.

Unfortunately for the author here, that doesn’t work.

For example, we have three people who were shot after a football game in anti-gun New York state earlier this month.

We also have three people who were shot at a youth football game in Oakland, California, another anti-gun state, back in August.

These are all shootings that left three people injured in the vicinity of a football game this year alone. Those were some pretty specific criteria and I didn’t have much difficulty finding them. There are probably others in these two states

If the issue were purely one of insufficient gun control laws, then California’s shouldn’t have happened. The state has the most restrictive gun laws on the books, yet it happened.

Gun control doesn’t stop shootings, as should be obvious.

The problem with these incidents is that people seem to think disrespect requires not just a violent response, but a fatal one. They seem to think that collateral damage is nothing to worry about, either. They simply don’t value human life.

So while the author wants to make this about too few gun control laws–and suggestions of racism–she should learn to get her facts straight before she pen to paper.