CNN: Blatant Bias Against Guns Shows Lack of Integrity
CNN: Blatant Bias Against Guns Shows Lack of Integrity
It’s no secret that the media harbors a strong bias against guns, the Second Amendment, and most other things conservative. We have covered the gun grabbing media’s attempts to twist facts more than once on this site, and their lack of integrity is well documented. As a matter of fact, I’ve written about CNN’s bias against guns just a few months ago, when they for the umpteenth time tried to advance the narrative that school shootings are an epidemic.
I detailed in that post all the manufactured “school shootings” CNN included in its count, claiming that in the year since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there have been 31 school shootings in the United States.
That story was so much floating dreck that included incidents that had nothing to do with school, shootings that took place in the vicinity of a school, but not necessarily on school grounds, drive-by shootings that took place after school hours, and coincidentally happened to have taken place near a school, and toys.
Last time, they never admitted to including toys – BB guns – in their count when they explained their methodology. They did not think anyone would actually fact check their hysterical claims, much like when the media furiously reprinted blatantly false, biased “research” from Everytown – claims that were so obviously doctored, that even FactCheck.org took them to task.
But if you think that CNN has learned its lessons about skewing research in order to push a political agenda, you’re sadly mistaken. CNN’s bias against guns continues full-force, and their latest attempt at “research” is once again a mass of hot garbage meant to support the gun grabbers’ agenda.
The methodology CNN used is roughly the same as the last time they stroked Shannon Watts’ clit, but they were a bit more honest this time and admitted that their definition of “school shootings” included toys, because they are potentially lethal. Because nothing else can be lethal when misused, right?
Since there is no single definition for what qualifies as a school shooting, our team set the following parameters: The shooting must involve at least one person being shot (not including the shooter); and the shooting must occur on school property, which includes but is not limited to, buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, stadiums and buses. Our count includes accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met, except in instances where the sole shooter is law enforcement or a security officer. Our count also includes injuries sustained from BB guns, since the Consumer Product Safety Commission has identified them as potentially lethal.
Notice once again that negligent discharge by a security or law enforcement officer doesn’t count, because only police should have guns, or something.
But once again, CNN includes a fight at a sporting event outside of a school, a drive-by shooting outside a school and gang shootings in the evening hours, an accidental discharge of a gun that was brought onto a school bus by a student, who grazed his friend’s leg while showing him the .22 caliber pistol, a shooting at a bus stop in the vicinity of a school, a fight in a school parking lot that devolved into a shooting in which a stray bullet grazed a student, a Friday night shooting that ended up with the death of a 20 year-old man who was playing basketball at a school playground when no students were around, a workplace argument that ended in murder that just happened to have taken place between two employees of a school and impacted no students, a stray bullet that grazed a student inside a school, but that had come from an incident outside the school, a gangland shooting in California that resulted in the death of a high school student, a shooting at a school that was open to the community after school hours.
In fact, out of the 13 incidents that CNN defined as “school shootings” in 2009, only two qualify as actual school shootings – and even here I’m being generous. In the first incident, a high school football coach was gunned down by a former student inside the school’s weight room, and in the second incident, a 28-year-old suspect shot an 18-year-old female high school student in the school’s parking lot, causing a lockdown. Police say the shooter was a spurned lover, who couldn’t stand being rejected by the girl.
Given CNN’s record for 2009, I didn’t bother researching every incident they claim was a “school shooting” over the past 10 years. It’s quite clear that CNN’s bias against guns marches on unabated.
CNN claims that they’re merely trying to find patterns in these shootings. Diminished coping skills, social isolation, stress, and poor conflict resolution skills appear to be a common bond. But what CNN is studiously avoiding is that race and gang participation are an issue. BUT WHITE PEOPLE CLAIM MORE VICTIMS!
And while black students make up about 15% of the more than 50 million students in the US, they account for about a third of the students who experienced a school shooting since 2009.
CNN’s review found that shootings at predominately white schools have an average of three casualties. That’s twice the average of the number of shooting victims at predominantly black and Hispanic schools.
Mostly white schools also have more mass shootings, like the ones at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Sandy Hook Elementary, typically carried out by young white males while school is in session.
Fact is that law enforcement agencies report black and Hispanic participation in gangs is higher than other ethnicities. According to the National Gang Center, law enforcement figures show 46 percent Hispanic/Latino gang members, 35 percent African-American/black gang members, more than 11 percent white gang members, and 7 percent other race/ethnicity of gang members.
A gang shooting is not likely going to target numerous children in an elementary school indiscriminately like Adam Lanza did. There is usually an incident or a series of incidents that precipitate these shootings – be it a fight, or a turf war. And since numerous incidents that CNN reports as “school shootings” are gang-related, they are bound to also involve minorities in minority districts and neighborhoods.
No way around it.
CNN glosses over this fact to cite coping skills, social isolation, etc. as causes for what it calls “school shootings,” which are mostly incidents that have nothing to do with schools and the locations are merely incidental. And certainly those causes, along with mental illness and bullying, do contribute to mass murders in our schools like Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
But if we really want to look at the causes of violence around our schools, we need to look at the kind of neighborhoods in which these schools operate, gang activity, drugs, and other types of violent crime in these areas.
And we need to allow our teachers to protect their charges if they are willing to be trained and armed during the day.
CNN’s mental masturbation to yet more doctored gun violence statistics just shows their continued bias against guns and lack of honor and integrity when reporting on these stories.