NBC Boosts Bloomberg Gun Control Group's Misleading Figure on School Shootings

June 11, 2014 | 10:28 PM EDT

[More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.]

Miguel Almaguer hyped on the 11 June 2014 edition of NBC Nightly News that "since the mass shooting in Newtown a year and a half ago, there's been at least 74 school shootings across the country – roughly one every week." However, the correspondent failed to mention that this figure came from the pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded earlier in 2014 by liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

On Tuesday, Kyle Becker of the Independent Journal Review spotlighted a series of Twitter posts from author and journalist Charles C. Johnson that called out Bloomberg's organization for giving an "exaggerated impression of how many school shootings have taken place," as many they represent "all sorts" of different incidents involving guns in or near schools. Becker added:

...Whether or not one wants to dismiss all this and say these cases "technically" fit, gang-related violence and suicides are not really what people have in mind when it comes to "school shootings."...No matter what that number actually is – it's too many. But the solution to stopping criminals with guns won't ever be taking guns away from their potential victims.