Was It a Forcible School Shooting?

Oh for God's sakes: 

The piece went on to question Everytown’s definition of what constitutes a school shooting. The gun safety group included in its figures any incident in which “a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in publicly reported news accounts. This includes assaults, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.”

The CNN piece disagreed with this methodology, stating that, by its definition, a school shooting is only when “a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school.” CNN said that the gun safety group should not include “personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals” in its numbers, which would drop the number of school shootings from approximately one per week since Newtown to one every five weeks.

So it's only a "school shooting" if it's a crazy person shooting randomly, and then only if it's a really random random shooting, and the crazy person isn't beefing with anybody at the school at all, and possibly picked the school out of a hat, and GOD DAMN IT ALL ISN'T THE PROBLEM THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING SHOT AT SCHOOL?

And isn't the problem that people are GETTING SHOT FULL STOP? This idea that shootings that happen one block off school property are A-OK and shootings that happen one inch onto school property are somehow especially horrific is like the legitimate rape argument of gun control. Anybody being killed anywhere is tragic and unnecessary, and needing to be all "but what if it was a particularly religious, telegenic child who had a telegenic puppy and both of them were named Hope could we make a thing out of it then" is reductive, and fucking gross. 

By all means, let's keep nitpicking what really constitutes a school shooting. Then there's absolutely no time left to talk about gun control at all. 


One thought on “Was It a Forcible School Shooting?

  1. Right on the mark. I followed many a discussion lately where one person tried to assert that the number was wrong.
    Of course, if an adult carried a gun into a school (a location where common sense would tell you that a high degree of safety is required) and accidentally shoots a student, I feel so much better.

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