Every left-leaning publication from CNN to TIME published stories about a “study” that concluded 31% of mass shootings worldwide from 1966 to 2012 occurred in the United States. It was a shocking report that has likely been quoted thousands of times since its release, not including countless quotes of the statistic across social media.
As it turns out, the data was completely false, conveniently counting every US mass shooting but somehow excluding thousands of mass shootings in other countries that fell easily within the study’s own parameters. The author of the study, University of Alabama professor Adam Lankford, never provided complete details behind his findings. Instead, he relied on his PhD and a gullible mainstream media to spread his lies.
A new, more comprehensive and accurate study by Crime Prevention Research Center found thousands of “missing” mass shootings in a 15 year period compared to the 202 counted over a 46 year period by the original study.
New CPRC Research: How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings
Lankford’s study reported that from 1966 to 2012, there were 90 public mass shooters in the United States and 202 in the rest of world. We find that Lankford’s data represent a gross undercount of foreign attacks. Our list contains 1,448 attacks and at least 3,081 shooters outside the United States over just the last 15 years of the period that Lankford examined. We find at least fifteen times more mass public shooters than Lankford in less than a third the number of years.
The original study continues to make its rounds today, and not just by leftist media or gun control advocates. Politicians with anti-gun agendas have used it to press their false narrative. Even President Obama has quoted the fake statistic.
I’ve told my children there are two things they need to watch for when trying to determine their own worldviews. First, if something’s reported on the internet, that doesn’t necessarily make it true. Second, the findings of any study and the statistics they deliver should always be filtered through the discerning lens of understandable motivation. In other words, if you see a report, check the source and take their desires into consideration before assuming something is true.
Lankford’s report is a prime example of both of these methods used to mislead the masses. His “study” reads like the type of anti-gun propaganda that could bring tears of joy to anyone wishing to disarm the nation.
This is the gun-grabbers’ own Piltdown Man. They embraced a bald faced lie as their gospel to push gun control. Will mainstream media retract the stories that spread this lie? Will gun-grabbers stop repeating it? No and no.
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