Whenever there is a study about guns and school shootings I always feel the need to preface my blog posts about them. While I support the right of responsible gun ownership, I do not belong to any pro-gun organization, nor do I own a firearm.
With that out of the way, a study was recently made public that says states with background checks for gun and ammunition have fewer school shootings. Normally I would dismiss a study like this as correlation does not equal causation, but in my opinion the study is much more flawed than that.
Once again the definition of ‘school shooting’ in this study is a lot broader than what most people think of as a school shooting. To me, a school shooting is when a gunman enters a school or campus in order to cause the most violence possible. This study defines a school shooting as “an incident when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.” I call that the ‘Everytown’ definition as it was first used to my knowledge by the anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety. Everytown has made previously made claims such as there were 47 school shootings in 2015. The problem with this is if you call every shooting within a 5 mile radius of a school a school shooting, it lessens the impact of an actual school shooting.
As far as background checks go, I’m actually in favor of them. However, you have to remember that in many cases of school shootings the shooter could either have passed a background check, obtained the gun illegally, or stole the gun from their parents.
While some people think that you can just waltz into Wal-Mart and buy a fully automatic machine gun, that’s just not true. We are currently living in a time where it’s more difficult to purchase a gun than any other time in history. As I’ve posted about before school shootings are not about the access of guns, but rather the entitled children we’re raising who don’t have the emotional wherewithal to deal with failure.