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.
This brings the number of U.S. school shootings this year to 22. https://t.co/hS7KKFiO65— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 18, 2018
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.”
Santa Fe High School mass murderer.— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) May 18, 2018
Flat affect. No ability to express emotion with his face.
He already made verbal and written confessions. Another nutter lost in social media and fantasies of power.
As always, the problem is the PERSON. pic.twitter.com/2mvAKJ1yzp
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.
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. https://t.co/DL1wCUAipq pic.twitter.com/Qsw0WlLlJv— CNN (@CNN) May 18, 2018
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.
In 2018, there have been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That's more than 1 shooting a week.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 18, 2018
My heart aches for Santa Fe, but to say today is simply a tragedy isn't enough. If we cannot protect our children we've failed. We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.
The Santa Fe High School shooting is another chapter in this sad part of American history. There have been 22 school shootings in the first 20 weeks of this year. Trump and his Republican Congress have done absolutely nothing to even try and prevent another one. Vote them out.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 18, 2018
GRIEVING, PRAYING AND THINKING DO NOTHING. "We're only 20 weeks into 2018, and there have already been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to more than 1 shooting a week." CNN#GunReformNow— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) May 18, 2018
22 school shootings in 2018.— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 18, 2018
3 in the last week.
How many times must our hearts break hearing news like this - this time in Texas, at #SantaFeHighSchool?
This has to stop.
I am closely following reports out of Texas in the wake of today’s awful shooting. My heart is with the students & all who are waiting to hear from loved ones. Deeply thankful for our heroic first responders. Congress has a duty to take action to save lives. #neveragain— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 18, 2018
Every day that we fail to act on gun violence, we are failing our children. This should be a day for soul searching across America - and that soul searching should be matched with legislating to begin dealing with this national shame.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 18, 2018