The newspaper I’ve been carrying around all weekend. Perhaps we get school shootings because we put shooters’ faces on the cover of major newspapers. That’s what the criminal justice science says, at least.

America’s Children Are at Least 5 Times More Likely to Die from Gun Violence Outside School than at School (Per Hour)

And at least 50 times more overall. Then why are so many afraid of school shootings and not other firearm deaths? Answer: It’s news and social media that shape our perceptions. I did some math to help us out.

“It’s been happening everywhere. I felt — I always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too.”
Bernie Sanders fact-checks himself in this Tweet image. That’s good.
I don’t think gun-meltdowns, like the 2,421 guns that will be melted here by the NYPD, are a bad idea. It may be symbolic. But it’s called, “A good start.”

FEEL FREE TO DOUBLE-CHECK THIS MATH:

THUS: Children are 5 times more likely to be killed by guns outside of school than by shootings inside school (controlling for time spent in both).

SOURCES:

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2018/mar/16/blog-posting/facebook-post-incorrectly-says-7182-students-were-/

BONUS DATA: 20 times more likely for children to die from guns outside of school hours?

Time puts total deaths at 35 total children being killed since Sandy Hook in 2013. That’s 4 times lower than New York Times’ analysis. Thus, it’s possible children can be as much as 20 times more vulnerable to gun violence outside of schools.

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Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes for all. Empiricism, relevant facts, and logical arguments > simple narratives.