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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mass Shooting Tracking Site Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules

If you’re looking for blatant propaganda posing as statistics, look no further than Mass Shooting Tracker. Spawned from the anti-gun /r/GunsAreCool subreddit, this site pretends to provide an objective look at the extent of gun violence in America. Critics have already pointed out that the site uses a skewed definition of “mass shooting”—four or more people, regardless of circumstances. Now a new post on The Truth About Guns points out that the Mass Shooting Tracker repeatedly violates its own lax guidelines. 

The article provides numerous instances, originally compiled by a Reddit user, where the Mass Shooting Tracker fails to provide citations or includes incidents that do not fit its stated criteria. Of 996 total shootings listed, 100 of them are shown here to be problematic in one or multiple ways. Like many sources of evidence used by anti-gunners, this site is guilty of massively skewing its numbers in the direction its ideology demands.