A number of years ago I got to participate in a mass shooting. About a dozen friends went up to some property we owned with a private range. Range backstop was a big hill.
We placed targets out to about 200 yards. But being the lazy ass people that we were, some of the targets were just stapled to trees.
We sent thousands of rounds down range that day.
And while you all might think that a Tannerite booms are impressive…
We got to watch a 100+ ft tree come down. We’d cut it down with gun fire.
FBI: A “mass shooting” is any incident in which at least four people are murdered with a gun.
Unclear if the exclude gang violence. I think they use to.
Gun Violence Archive (GVA): Four or more people struck with bullets. Nobody needs to die for it to be a mass shooting.
Mass Shooting Tracker: Four or more people hit by bullets.
Note that some of these include the shooter themselves being shot, others don’t.
Some include gang violence others don’t.
The reason we can have more “mass shootings” than there are days in the year is because of the twisted definitions.
When Karen hears “Mass Shooting Incident” she sees dozens of bodies laying on the ground, blood around. When she hears “Four Children Killed in Mass Shooting” She sees the images from Sandy Hook of kindergarteners laying in pools of their own blood.
The reality is that by alarmest standards a “mass shooting” can be two gangs flinging bullets at each other which ends up with 2 on each side getting a stitch or two. Four dead might mean to 17 year old animals dead in a drug deal gone bad.
A “school shooting” can be anything from Sandy Hook (real school shooting) to some animal shot in a drug deal in the parking lot of an administration building used to store buses, after dark.
If it bleeds it leads, if it doesn’t bleed, get more ketchup.