Following the deadly shootings at Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Texas, celebrities, media outlets, and Democrats were quick to condemn not only the incident but also President Trump and supporters of the Second Amendment. On Friday, CNN reporter Jim Sciutto claimed, for example, that the shooting, where as many as 10 people were murdered, was one of 22 school shootings in the United States this year.

On Twitter, CNN stated, “Including today’s shooting incident at a Texas high school, this year there have already been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to more than 1 shooting a week.”

The parameters used by CNN were: 

Shooting that involved at least one person being shot, but not the shooter
Shooting that occurred on a school campus
All school grades K-12 and through college/university level
Gang violence, fights and domestic violence were included
Accidental discharge of a firearm if the first two parameters are also met

The above parameters do not appear to fit the description of the fatal shooting in Texas on Friday. The parameters include shootings that do not involve school-age children and also domestic disputes not otherwise involving a school.

Here follows a selection of the 22 incidents CNN identified as school shootings:

April 12, Rayton, MO: A person discharged a firearms in the parking lot of a track meet, resulting in one wounded party.
April 9, Globersville, NY: One student shot another with a BB gun.
March 13, Seaside, CA: A teacher accidentally discharged a gun during a class in public safety. No one died. 
March 8, Mobile, AL: A non-student was shot at an apartment on the campus of the University of South Alabama.
March 7, Birmingham, AL: Two students were shot accidentally during dismissal time at a school.
March 7, Jackson, MS: A student was shot at a dorm at Jackson State University.
March 2, Mount Pleasant, MI: A student shooter shot and killed his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University. Police blamed a domestic dispute. The student had prior mental health issues.
February 9, Nashville, TN: A 14-year-old shot a 17-year-old in an attempted murder in a school parking lot.
January 20, Winston Salem, NC: A college football player was shot to death at a campus party. 

In Texas, law enforcement authorities have identified Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, as the student suspected of the killings on Friday. According to law enforcement, he wielded a shotgun and a pistol in the incident that may belong to his parents. Both of his parents are immigrants from Greece.
 

Time magazine repeated CNN's claims about 22 school shootings this year, as did numerous celebrities and politicians. Among them were Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, MSNBC contributor Scott Dworkin, and singer Nancy Sinatra. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised first reponders and called for gun reform, referencing the hashtag "Never Again." Hillary Clinton called on Americans to do some "soul searching" about gun control.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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