Media Manipulation on Numbers of Mass Shootings and Who is to Blame

It is insane to blame entire demographics, or even the president himself, on these recent mass shootings.

These shootings are the result of a sick society that is being torn apart by the lies of those who we used to consider authorities, and it’s mainly the mainstream leftist/globalist corporate media that is pushing these lies. 

It’s that same media’s explicit narrative that these recent shootings are caused by Trump, his supporters and conservative white men specifically, and they are also implying that all gun violence in America is because of conservatives.

These are blatant lies and misrepresentations of the facts. This is a dangerous blame game because it’s demonizing nearly half of the US population w/out any reason except peaceful political leanings.

One way they misrepresent facts is through statistics. Whenever they bring up numbers, you have to pay attention to what data they’re referring to.

I saw many memes lately claiming that there have been more mass shootings than days in the year, the meme was usually implying that it was Trump’s fault. Where is the basis of this claim coming from? I found multiple articles making this claim in their headline. Here is an example:

There have been more mass shootings than days this year

BY JASON SILVERSTEIN, AUGUST 5, 2019

The amount of mass shootings across the U.S. so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group. This puts 2019 on pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day.

As of Aug. 5, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The GVA defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.

Read More:https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-shootings-2019-more-mass-shootings-than-days-so-far-this-year/

All of these articles are referencing the “Gun Violence Archive.” Going to the website you can find: “Mass Shootings of 2019.”

We see their data (for shootings that injured four or more people) includes incidents where four or more people were injured through gun violence. When we start clicking on the links to “view incident” we see that they are mostly  gang, drug and other criminal violence.

Not to minimize or excuse any form of violence whatsoever, but the majority of these recorded incidents of gun crime are not actually “lone-wolf” acts of mass violence that can be blamed on far right or racial nationalists as CBS implies.

Gun Violence Archive "Mass Shootings 2019"

Gun Violence Archive “Mass Shootings 2019”

Link: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

Here is a meme from the opposite side of the story, claiming that they captured available images of the perpetrators from the mass shootings list of 2019. I have not seen any evidence that this is accurate, but after going through the links from the Gun Violence Archive, I am convinced that this is an issue for every group in our country and not just white males. 

Mass shooters of 2019

What about actual mass shootings all being from the “far right?”

The media has quickly glossed over that the Dayton Ohio shooter is reported to be a left-leaning extremist…

Dayton shooting: What we know about Connor Betts’ politics

Keith BieryGolick and Cameron Knight, Aug. 7, 2019

He voted in multiple Democratric primaries. President Trump said he had supported Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and antifa, a militant group that protests far-right ideology.

He once showed video of a mass shooting to a woman on their first date, according to NBC News.

The Dayton Daily News reported he attended the May 25 Ku Klux Klan rally in Dayton as an armed counter-protester.

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A suspended Twitter account features references to growing up in Dayton and selfies of Betts and his family. Neither officials nor family members have confirmed it belonged to Betts.

The account, created in 2013, was suspended late Sunday night. Before it was suspended, the account’s Twitter bio said: “he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.”

A few days before the shooting, the Twitter user was concerned about the Equifax data breach. He retweeted this: “Losing your personal information in a massive data breach is just a thing that happens now, like 110 degree days and regular mass shootings.”

The last message posted to the account was a retweet: “Millennials have a message for the Joe Biden generation: hurry up and die.”

Photos of people beating up white supremacists and klansmen were retweeted from the account.

After Trump visited Cincinnati last week and blasted “left-wing extremists,” the account retweeted an account mocking a Trump supporter who claimed he had $1,500 stolen from him. “Stealing from right wingers is praxis,” or common practice, the tweet said.

Read More: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/08/07/dayton-shooting-what-do-we-know-connor-betts-politics/1942122001/

How else does the media flub the numbers to match their agenda?

Another meme being shared on leftist media depicts the US as having many more mass shootings than the rest of the world. Here is an example: 

First of all we should compare the populations of these countries to see if this is a fair comparison by population size. 

 

The UK for instance has 500% fewer people than the US. Is that really a fair comparison when it comes to general gun violence?

Other countries might have violence, but they don’t have mass shootings, right?

It depends on how you classify mass shootings. There is no set definition in the world. Some countries will only call specific acts of terrorism a “mass shooting” while many in the American media have latched on to calling any incident where at least four people were hurt, a “mass shooting.”

That viral tweet about mass shootings by country? It needs additional context

By Jon Greenberg, August 5th, 2019

Critics on Twitter shot back that places such as Brazil and Mexico had much higher murder rates than the United States. But murder rates and mass shootings are different claims.

We wanted to see what more we could learn about Edwards’ comparison.

Relied on a broad definition of mass shootings

Edward based his tweet on information from the Gun Violence Archive, an independent research group that tallies shooting deaths and injuries in the United States.  At the time of Edwards’ tweet, the Gun Violence Archive counted 250 U.S. mass shootings for 2019. (As of this writing, it now stands at 255.)

The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter. Because of that definition, the archive’s tally includes 129 shootings in which no one died.

“We do not have a generally accepted definition of mass shooting in the United States, which leads the Gun Violence Archive’s numbers to be inflated because it is based solely on a body count and not context,” said Jaclyn Schildkraut of the State University of New York in Oswego. “There are qualitative differences in a person who kills their family versus what took place in El Paso and Dayton this weekend.”

Other researchers agree.

“Citing those numbers in the context of events like El Paso might lead people to think that the Gun Violence Archive counts reflect the type of mass public shooting with victims selected apparently at random,” said Rosanna Smart, an analyst at RAND, a nonprofit consulting research group.

“All gun violence is tragic, but different types of gun violence may be more or less responsive to different types of policies and interventions,” she said.

Congress defines “mass killings,” as three or more people killed. The FBI and the Congressional Research Service use a standard of four or more deaths. By that definition, the archive data show 20 mass shootings this year.

Read More: https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/aug/05/viral-tweet-about-mass-shootings-country-it-needs-/

The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

Jon Miltimore  February 25, 2019

To understand the misleading narrative, we must look to the era of narrative-driven journalism and the politicization of society, both of which subjugate truth to ideology and politics.

Statistics on global mass shooting incidents from 2009 to 2015 compiled by economist John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center show that the US trails many other advanced nations in mass shooting frequency and death rate.

As Investor’s Business Daily noted on these findings, “Yes, the U.S. rate is still high, and nothing to be proud of. But it’s not the highest in the developed world. Not by a long shot.”

Read More: https://fee.org/articles/the-myth-that-the-us-leads-the-world-in-mass-shootings/