Tell CNN to Properly Count School Shootings


Target: CNN writers Ashley Fantz

Goal: Properly count number of school shootings in the past 18 months to include all firearm-related incidents on school grounds

CNN is, undoubtedly, one of the most powerful and influential news sources in the United States and abroad. Innumerable people rely on CNN for the most accurate and relevant news reporting, both nationally and internationally. However, CNN has neglected to correctly report on important national news: school shootings. Although numerous organizations are dedicated to counting the number of school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre, CNN did not use these accurate statistics. By allowing inaccuracies in its reporting, CNN is showing its hesitancy in properly reporting about the horrors of gun violence on people nationwide.

The number of school shootings since Sandy Hook is 74. CNN reported that there were only 15, a drastic reduction in the numbers reported by other groups. Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group for the prevention of gun violence, has been following the gun violence patterns across the United States. CNN declines to recognize school shootings in which even small amounts of violence have happened or gang clashes have occurred within school grounds. Belittling the great number of shootings across the country is dangerous and only enables gun violence and gun rights supporters. There is a pandemic of gun attacks in this country, which only accurate reporting and activism can end.

Tell CNN to properly include all school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. CNN should not be neglecting its duty to accurate reporting, especially when the lives of children are what is at stake. United States citizens deserve to know what is happening at schools across the country.


Dear Ashley Fantz,

I have recently become aware of numerous reports detailing the number of school shootings since Sandy Hook. I was horrified to learn of the number reported by gun violence prevention groups: 74 shootings in 18 months. However, I also learned that your news report only included 15 shootings. The criteria you created to judge the validity of a shooting is pithy and unrelated to the true horrors of what constitutes gun violence on school grounds. Groups like Everytown for Gun Safety have done the extensive research and reporting into gun related incidents on school campuses across the United States. You should not be ignoring all of that data by reporting on only a small number of those that you consider “true” school shootings.

I ask that you recant your previous number of 15 shootings and count the true number of 74. Your readers deserve to have the correct information, especially when pertaining to children’s safety nationwide. The only way to end it is to reveal the horrors associated with gun violence by including the real count of school shootings.


[Your Name Here]

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