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Response to Squinch (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 10:48 AM

3. Whoops. Article's wrong.

This is the problem with sourcing: If you source something unknowingly, you may give bad information.

The statistic the article posts uses the Gun Violence Archive, one of my favorite sites to examine just to see how wrong the information is. GVA routinely doubleposts and double-counts gun violence incidents, and in the case of "Mass shootings", they have a penchant for including something rather unique; "Police bust drug ring" counts as a "mass shooting" because the tags are listed with "Gun" and "4 involved" (which coincidentally will sometimes include police officers themselves), which places it firmly into GVA's "Mass Shooting" category even though no bullet was ever fired.

Contrarily, Mother Jones uses a much more restrictive "Mass shooting" definition. Had the article in question sourced Mother Jones, their clickbait title of "91 mass shootings" would be... "1 mass shooting".

Please remember to actually read your articles and their source information if you want to maintain a somewhat truthful or trustworthy status. (General PSA, not directed at you, Squinch.)

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