Jim Acosta of CNN fame may have just set a new record for driving the Truth Meter in the negative direction. There is that old saying that figures lie and liars figure. Well, old Jim seems to have gone off the deep end with his reporting on gun violence.
We are not talking just regular old run of the mill gun violence, we are talking mass shootings here. According to Mr. Acosta, there have been “1,552 mass shootings” since the heinous attack on Sandy Hook. Search your memory banks on that one. Want to know how he got that number? You have to redefine what a mass shooting is. Here is what he did.
As Written by AWR Hawkins for Breitbart:
On December 14, 2017, CNN’s Jim Acosta claimed America has witnessed “1,552 mass shootings” since the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.
This means Acosta is claiming an average of approximately 310 mass shootings a year for each of the past five years.
It is important to note that he attempts to bolster this claim via information provided by a tracking site sponsored by gun controllers. That tracking site–the Gun Violence Archive–diverges from FBI definition of a mass shooting as four fatalities or more in one incident so as to include shootings in which no fatalities occur.
Since Sandy Hook there have been at least 1,552 mass shootings, with at least 1,767 people killed and 6,227 wounded. https://t.co/RZeFDHhYmR
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 14, 2017
Other members of the left have been spewing similar numbers for years. At times, their claims have gotten so outlandish that members of their own circles have called them out for it.
For example, in December 2015 Breitbart News reported that Mother Jones’ editor Mark Follman called out leftists for claiming “355 mass shootings” in that calendar year alone. Follman published a column in the The New York Times, which said……
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