Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns claim that school shootings aren’t getting media attention

17 Feb , 2014  

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Bloomberg’s groups claim that shootings at schools are ignored and don’t get media attention. Well, of 44 claimed cases the groups point to since Newtown, 24 of them were covered by USA Today. Five others were covered in at least New York Daily News (when the events were even no where near New York) or on the CBS Evening News. I didn’t do a count on total news coverage for each case, but it is clear that if even these minor cases obtain coverage in these places they are obtaining significant national news coverage.

Details on some of the cases:

A student at Eastern Florida State College retrieved his gun from his car when two men attacked him. One of the men was striking the student with a pool cue, and the student fired his gun wounding him. The gun was legally stored in the student’s car and the police found that he had acted in self-defense.

A 19-year-old was killed at 9 P.M. in a field near the Hillside Elementary School in San Leandro, California. The shooting was neither on school property nor involved someone with a connection to the elementary school.

A professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology committed suicide in an empty classroom.

A 23-year-old man committed suicide late at night on school grounds when no one was around the Algona High/Middle School in Iowa.

A 38-year-old man was shot to death at 2 A.M. on the grounds of the Clarksville, Tennessee High School.

A 19-year-old man committed suicide in the parking lot of a Portland, Maine high school. No one at the school was threatened.

UPDATE: Charles C. Johnson at The Blaze has gone through and done a similar review of the cases in Bloomberg’s report.

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6 Responses

  1. […] One of the motivations behind the report put out by the gun control groups was that the media was ignoring these so-called “mini-Newtowns.” Yet, all of these cases received extensive coverage. A gun at a school (or even near a school) is considered newsworthy. For example, USA Today ran at least one story on 24 of these cases. […]

  2. […] One of the motivations behind the report put out by the gun control groups was that the media was ignoring these so-called “mini-Newtowns.” Yet, all of these cases received extensive coverage. A gun at a school (or even near a school) is considered newsworthy. For example, USA Today ran at least one story on 24 of these cases. […]

  3. […] in December 2012, and that something must be done. But Bloomberg’s numbers were dead wrong. They inflated the number by including attacks that were off of school property and unrelated to the school, lone suicides […]

  4. […] in December 2012, and that something must be done. But Bloomberg’s numbers were dead wrong. They inflated the number by including attacks that were off of school property and unrelated to the school, lone […]

  5. […] in December 2012, and that something must be done. But Bloomberg’s numbers were dead wrong. They inflated the number by including attacks that were off of school property and unrelated to the school, lone suicides […]

  6. […] in December 2012, and that something must be done. But Bloomberg’s numbers were dead wrong. They inflated the number by including attacks that were off of school property and unrelated to the school, lone suicides […]

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