On Monday’s Gill Report – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 1510 WLAC weekdays at 7:30 am – Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill explained how the media’s overblown commentary and emotional stirring of paranoia regarding school shootings is unrealistic in comparison to the death of children in common day bike, helmet, and car wrecks. Gill goes on to comment that “ten times more kids are killed each year walking to school than are killed in these school shootings.”
A new US Department of Education study is not getting a lot of media attention. But it did get a little bit of attention from NPR. Not exactly a bastion of conservative news media. Now they examined the US Department of Education’s study and discovered that over sixty six percent of reported school shootings for the 2015 and 2016 school year, never occurred. Yet the education department claims there were nearly two hundered and forty schools which reported at least one incident involving a school reported, or school related shooting.
But when NPR contacted the schools in the districts, they were able to substantiate that one hundred and sixty-one, of the two hundred and forty incidents quote, ‘never happened’. NEVER HAPPENED.
The vast majority of all these school shootings that are supposedly taking place in the hysterical media may involve an accidental discharge, may involve somebody shooting and killing themselves in a parking lot near a school. That’s not a mass school shooting. So, what’s the real truth, what’s the reality? Every school shooting is a tragedy. Any child injured whether it’s at school or whether it’s in a car wreck, whether it’s a drive by in Chicago, those are all tragic events. But let’s not overstate the danger of school shootings in order to create some sort of a mass hysteria, anti-second amendment, anti-NRA effort that has nothing to do with reality.
In the last 20 years since the Columbine school shooting, two hundred teachers, students, faculty, administrators, have been killed in school shootings. Two hundred. Not two hundred a year, two hundred total. That comes out to about ten per year. Tragic. Sad. But not the mass murder that we’re being told. And in fact, despite the fact that we’ve got a hundred thousand public schools across America, the nation’s schools are for the most part, safe.
In fact, let’s compare the fatality rate with more than a hundred school aged children accidentally killed each year riding their bikes or walking to school. That’s right. More kids are killed, ten times more kids are killed each year walking to school than are killed in these school shootings.
Just something to keep in mind the next time you hear politicians who are trying to motivate you out of fear that we’ve got to do something like ban guns, when bikes, bike helmets, and car wrecks are killing more of our kids then all the mass shootings in the last twenty years.
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