The New York Times ran a piece about a newly released FBI report about active shooter incidents. The Times’ headline read: “FBI Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000.” Except that the FBI report in question wasn’t about mass shootings. It was specifically about active shooter incidents, which the FBI defines differently.
Even in the FBI report’s introduction, on page 5, it reads:
“This is not a study of mass killings or mass shootings, but rather a study of a specific type of shooting situation law enforcement and the public may face. Incidents identified in this study do not encompass all gun-related situations; therefore caution should be taken when using this information without placing it in context. Specifically, shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence—pervasive, long-tracked, criminal acts that could also affect the public— were not included in this study. In addition, other gun-related shootings were not included when those incidents appeared generally not to have put others in peril (e.g., the accidental discharge of a firearm in a school building or a person who chose to publicly commit suicide in a parking lot). The study does not encompass all mass killings or shootings in public places and therefore is limited in its scope.”
Nevertheless, the Times did exactly what the FBI cautioned them not to do, and that was to extract the parts they like out of context.
Breitbart responded the Times piece by pointing out that more people have died by fire than by mass shootings. AWR Hawkins reported:
According to FBI crime statistics and the bureau’s recent study on “active shooter” incidents in the US, far more people are murdered with fire than are killed in mass shootings.
Moreover, the number of people killed each year with “personal weapons,” such as “feet” and “fists,” nearly eclipses the number of people killed in mass shootings.
On September 24, the FBI released their study on [active shooter incidents] showing 418 deaths in mass shootings–or “mass killings”–from 2000 to 2013. On paper, that works out to an average of 29.8 murders in mass shootings each year for those 14 years. But FBI crime stats for murder by other means show that the gap between those killed in mass shootings and those killed with more rudimentary weapons is staggering.
For example, the stats show 580 murders committed with fire from 2006 through 2011 alone. That’s 162 more murders by fire in six years than the total number of murders via mass shooters for the 14-year period studied by the FBI.
Moreover, there were 4,873 murders committed with “personal weapons” like “feet” and “fists” and 10,769 murders committed with “knives and cutting instruments” from 2006 through 2011 alone. That is an average of 812 persons killed each of those years with weapons like “feet” and “fists” and an average of 1,794.8 stabbed to death annually during that same period.
Why is it important to show that more people have died by these other means than by mass shootings? Because the only reason liberals want to fixate on mass shootings is to spread fear about guns. They might pretend to care about kids and innocent victims, and maybe some of them do a little, but mostly all they care about is finding a pathway to citizen disarmament. Any “study” or statistics taken out of context to cast guns in the most evil light will do. Notice we don’t see these same liberals devoting any time at all to deaths from fire, drowning or fistfights. That’s because they don’t really care about those things. They care about guns, and that’s it.