RUSH: I had this yesterday and it got aced out by other things. But there was a popular news item yesterday that this was like the 18th school shooting in whatever period of time.
And it was totally bogus. It was entirely bogus! It was entirely untrue. This year alone! It was 18 school shootings in this year alone. Of all places, the Washington Post came along and debunked it. But it doesn’t matter. The Drive-Bys will not abandon this. Any gun statistic that they think advances their radical cause, they will use, stick with it, lie about it. They will not abandon it. “No, There Haven’t Been 18 School Shootings in 2018. That Number Is Flat Wrong,” and you know where the number comes from?
Everytown for Gun Safety. It’s “a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg,” mayor of New York. Everytown for Gun Safety “works to prevent gun violence and is most famous for its running tally of school shootings. ‘This,’ the organization tweeted at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, ‘is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018.’ … New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted it, too, as did performers Cher and Alexander William and actors Misha Collins and Albert Brooks. …
“MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Time, MSN, the BBC, the New York Daily News and [the Huffing and Puffington Post] also used the number in” emergency, breaking-news fashion. “By Wednesday night, the top suggested search after typing ’18’ into Google was ’18 school shootings in 2018.’ It is a horrifying statistic. And it is wrong. … A month ago, for example, a group of college students were at a meeting of a criminal-justice club in Texas when a student accidentally fired a real gun, rather than a training weapon. The bullet went through a wall, then a window.
“Though no one was hurt, it left the student distraught.” They counted that as a school shooting! There haven’t been 18.