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Media Are Pushing Inflated '18 School Shootings' Statistic. Here Are the Facts.

Have there really been 18 school shootings so far in 2018? That’s what a gun control advocacy nonprofit is claiming in the wake of a horrifying school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

But while even one school shooting is a tragedy, using the false statistic of “18 school shootings” is incredibly misleading.

On today’s show, Stu went through each example cited on the list to debunk the fake stat. The “18” number includes not only a shooting at a high school in Benton, Kentuckyearlier this year, but also incidents where one person committed suicide near a school or a gun was unintentionally fired and did not injure anyone.

Watch the full clip (above) to learn why this talking point just isn’t accurate.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: It's Pat and Stu for Glenn.

Still sick. All right. The -- what are the details? Because you hear these things thrown out by the left all the time. This is the 18th time this year we've had a school shooting. It's February 14th -- yesterday -- and already, there's been 18 this year.

Really? Where have I been?

STU: Yeah.

PAT: I guess I haven't checked my Facebook feed in a while.

STU: Well, you know what, Pat, it's not that. It's just, these are so common now. They don't even get reported. People don't even care.

PAT: Yeah. Yeah.

STU: Because it just comes and go. They happen so commonly. That you don't even realize they're going on anymore.

PAT: So I love that statistic. The other than -- we'll talk about this one too, we're unique among nations. This is the only place this happens. Okay.

So the 18 statistic, how are we so stupid and uninformed and ignorant? We didn't even know. I thought this was the first one of the year.

STU: Right. And that you would be wrong for that because there's been 18.

I'm now going to give you the details to all 18 shootings, okay?

PAT: Oh, no.

STU: Are you ready? When you hear 18, these are the 18 they're talking about, okay? What we're talking about are school shootings. What do you think of when you think of school shootings? You think about the one yesterday. That's one of the 18, as we know. So there's 17 others.

January 23rd, in Benton, Kentucky, two people were killed, and another 15 were shot at marshal county high school. So that one I think qualifies (?) as what we think of when we think of a school shooting. It's a mass shooting eventual. (?) now, only two killed. Obviously two more than should be killed. But 15 shot in addition to that. That qualifies as what we think of. And you might say, I may or may not have heard about that. So here's the other. There's 16 others. (?) a fight at a Pennsylvania high school. A 32-year-old man was shot and later died. Okay. Now, that's not a mass shooting event, right? That was a fight that broke out

PAT: It's not the same thing at all.

STU: Not at all what you would think of. Okay. January 20th (?) was shot and killed. Was one player. I don't have all the details of the incidents here. But it was not a mass shooting event.

PAT: That could be a gang bang event. Who knows.

STU: Who knows. But, again, one person being shot is not what you think about when you think about these incidents. (?)

Was wounded by shots by a semi automatic handgun. (?) she was wounded.

PAT: Again, that's not a mass shooting.

STU: Not a mass shooting. And also, wouldn't it make sense that you didn't know about one person being wounded in a shooting (?) that wouldn't necessarily rise to the point of Marilyn national news coverage. Right? Obviously, things happen all the time. They're terrible when they do. But that's not a national news story. (?) was injured in a shooting. Okay. Another injury in the shooting. These are the 18 school shootings that have happened this year, supposedly. February 1st, Los Angeles. Five children were injured in an accidental shooting.

PAT: Definitely not the same thing.

STU: Definitely not the same thing. February (?) injured outside of a high school. One teenager was shot, not killed, but injured outside of a high school. Okay?

Next up, February 5th, maple wood, Minnesota, (?) on a cop's gun. No one was injured. They're counting that as a school shooting. A third grader pulled the trigger on a cop's gun. No one was injured. That is a school shooting to the media.

PAT: Hmm.

STU: February 8th, in New York, a shot was fired inside a metropolitan high school. No one was injured.

On January 25th in Mobile, Alabama (?) no one was injured. On January 26th in Dearborn, Michigan (?) no injuries were reported. Okay?

PAT: That's probably -- that's a drive-by shooting. A lot of these are probably, you know, gang violence or disagreements between people. It's not the same thing at all. It's not even close.

STU: And what on earth would make you hear about a third grader (?) and nobody was injured. Why on earth would you be alerted to that in the media.

PAT: You wouldn't. It's not a story.

STU: You wouldn't. And, of course, none of these media sources that are complaining about the 18 shootings reported something like that. They didn't report about this one either. On January 15th. A bullet (?) dorm room. No injuries were reported. The same day, Texas, bullet was accidentally fired through a classroom wall at a criminal justice sister. No one was injured.

PAT: At a criminal justice sister. (?) that doesn't sound like that's on school.

STU: A gunshot was fired at a high school in Seattle through an office window. No one was injured. (?) shattering a California state university classroom window. No one was injured.

We have two more to go. Do you think so far, there's been 16 shootings I've told you about.

PAT: There's been another one.

STU: One. And a couple bad incidents of things that have existed forever. Mass shooting, there's been one other one. Here's the last two, January 3rd, a man shot himself in a former school's parking lot.

PAT: Suicide is not the same.

STU: And, again, it has -- what law prevents a guy from taking his gun and shooting himself in a (?) you're not allowed to bring the and he did it anyway. There's already a law that should have prevented that. And it didn't happen. Last one, January 10th, a teen killed himself in an Arizona elementary bathroom. Again, not the same thing.

PAT: Not the same thing.

STU: So what you have is the media telling you (?) and what they're including in that is a third grader pulling the trigger of a cop's gun and no one was injured. Almost all those circumstances that I told you about, there were no injuries reported whatsoever. And the media is trotting that stat out, as if it's supposed to make you give up your Second Amendment rights.

That is incomprehensibly disingenuous.

PAT: It's sickening.

STU: As you point out, Pat, it's just a lie. It's just a lie. And, by the way, it comes from a gun control group. An advocacy group for gun control. Now, even they say, there's only been six (?) as I point out, suicides are included in that. You know, some guy who is troubled has a handgun, which no one -- none of this legislation would stop him from having. And he decides he's going to go to a parking lot. (?) and just shot himself in a parking lot. No one else was hurt. And then some of these are insane. Someone getting shot -- a bullet going through a window with no injuries reported whatsoever. Why on earth would that make national news? They know it wouldn't. Nothing occurred.

PAT: Nope.

STU: And yet, they'll still trot this out. You will hear this from dozens of people in the media today. Because they just don't question it. Sadly, I heard it from a student at the school. They're talking about one of the students that survived this incident. And he goes on CNN saying, look, this is the 18th one of these this year. This is the 18th this year. Why don't we do something? Sure, we should do something. But the thing you're suggesting is the thing you can't get accomplished.

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