I post this for two reasons.
First and most importantly is the actual topic.This is top notch reporting, and NPR is to be commended for fact checking a government report that apparently is grievously inaccurate and then reporting its findings.
The bottom line, as I and others here as well as a small minority of folks across the country have repeatedly said, school shootings are incredibly rare. We live in one of the safest societies in all of the earth’s history. We should always tread lightly when we discuss limiting the rights of American citizens out of unrealistic fear of lottery-odds risk. This article pretty much shows that modern American liberal progressive regressives are just flat wrong about school shootings – like they are about gun violence in general.
This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates.
But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government’s Civil Rights Data Collection.
We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.
“When we’re talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful,” says Deborah Temkin, a researcher and program director at Child Trends.
Second, based on recent history, I have little doubt that anyone here would accept as credible anything coming from NPR. If this story had confirmed the ODE’s figures, much like just happened in another thread citing Politifact, it would be dismissed as a story from a liberal news source. So, I invite you all to treat this as more lies from “fake news.” Or will you latch onto it to support your pro-gun arguments?
I’m curious to see whether the left will treat this information and the clearly conservative NPR the same way the alleged capitalists of the right have treated actual capitalists and capitalist publications, like Reason and Cato, on free enterprise economics, just calling it a bunch of lies and fake news while clinging to the ODE’s inaccurate report of nearly 240 school shootings.