Monday, June 15, 2015
Media-touted FBI "Mass Shooting" Report (Supposedly) Debunked
A misleading 2014 FBI report that fueled media claims that mass shooting incidents in the U.S. are rising sharply has been thoroughly debunked. In a piece appearing in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' March 2015 ACJS Today newsletter, Economist John R. Lott in the Bureaus' "" report.
First, Lott takes the media to task for misrepresenting the underlying scope of the report, and for FBI's failure to adequately explain the content to its readers. Rather than track mass shootings or murders, the report in fact attempts to track "active shooter incidents." This is significant because it encompasses events where no one was shot or killed.
Despite this, media outlets ran sensational headlines, like the New York Times', "." Lott contends that FBI exacerbated this misperception, noting, "The report discusses mass public shootings, but it never makes it clear to the readers that these types of fatalities and attacks are actually not increasing over time."
First of all, John Lott calling someone else's work misleading is too funny for words. The word that does come to mind is hypocrisy, of course. Secondly, I thought the FBI had the final word in these matters, or is that only when it fits the gun fanatics' narrative?