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David Hogg Pushes Inflated Mass Shooting Statistic

In response to the Thousand Oaks mass shooting on Wednesday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivor and pro-gun control activist David Hogg was among the many who pushed an inflated number of mass shootings that have occurred this year.

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“307 mass shootings in America this year there's only been 312 days,” Hogg tweeted on Friday.

It was not just Hogg who ran with 307 mass shootings number, as many publications and activists have also pushed the same number:

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The number stems from the Gun Violence Archive, a “not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States,” according to their website.

The archive counts a mass shooting “on the numeric value of 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter,” which results in their numbers being much higher than other sources.

The more commonly accepted FBI definition is “active shooter incidents and mass killings (defined by the law as three or more people) in public places.”

The Washington Free Beacon found in 2017 “only 8 of the 154 incidents [in] the Gun Violence Archive meet the FBI standard for mass murder.”

Hogg has a history of pushing inflated shooting statistics.

After the mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida, Hogg stated, after the New York Magazine author had ironically said he came “armed with facts”, that, “There have been 18 more mass shootings than there need to be this year at schools. It needs to come to an end.”

The number of school shootings came from Everytown for Gun Safety, a pro-gun control group started and funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

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The Free Beacon also reported how their definition of a school shooting, where "any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds," includes incidents where no one was injured or when an actual firearm wasn’t even used.

“A January 9 incident where a man shot a BB gun at a bus window resulting in no injuries; a January 10 incident where a student in a criminal justice club accidentally shot a peace officer's real gun at a target on a classroom wall instead of a training gun,” the Free Beacon reported.

Other “school shootings” included where shots were fired near a college campus, hitting a building with no injuries and two separate suicides.

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