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As NewsBusters laid out on Monday, the “mass shooting” statistics peddled by the Gun Violence Archive are objectively misleading according to mass killings researchers and gun experts. But the truth wasn’t reached for comment on struggling CNN+ and Reliable Sources Daily on Tuesday and host Brian Stelter demanded that the media push the false statistic that there have been “145 mass shootings in the U.S. already this year.”
Stelter began the segment by admitting “‘Mass shooting’ sometimes has a very specific connotation. People think of mass killings. Maybe a dozen or more killed.” But he then campaigned to throw out that understanding in favor of a vaguer and ambiguous definition to jack the number up:
But there have actually been 145 mass shootings in the U.S. already this year. A mass shooting as defined as four or more people shot. 145 of those. More than one mass shooting per day. In fact, there were just 10 this past weekend across the united states.
This data comes from the Gun Violence Archive [GVA] as well as CNN reporting.