“What is a school shooting” is the question right-wing gun-rights activists are posing after a study by gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety showed there’s been a total of 74 school shootings in the United States, since 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut ….
So, what better way to combat this alarming list of school shootings than to redefine the term “school shooting” itself? By doing this, according to gun-rights activists, you knock off, say, 59 of the 74 school shootings, leaving you with only 15 real, true, legitimate school shootings. ONLY 15! That’s nothing. We can live with that, right? Apparently, gun-rights activists can. They sleep at night knowing the country’s lax gun control laws took the lives of numerous students and teachers at only 15 school shootings ….
Isn’t it just a bit odd that they would jump through hoops to lower this number and just pause at 15, a number that they are apparently fine with? Why not keep redefining the term? We will eventually get to a point where there are no more school shootings. Was Newtown itself even a “real” school shooting? How about Columbine? Let’s just broaden the rules a bit, redefine a word here and there, and right there is one less school shooting. Problem solved without even having to really do anything ….
I mean, what is a “shooting” even, really? Heck, what are “schools”?