Memphis mentioned in controversial school shooting map

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis school is listed on a map that purports to list school shootings that have happened since the Sandy Hook school shooting in late 2012.

The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety put the map together, saying it represents 74 school shootings.

In reality, the map lists any incident where a gun was fired on school property, whether anyone was shot or not.

The information did not come from police, but rather from media reports.

Of the 74 incidents documented, 35 took place on college campuses and 39 at K-12 schools.

That number includes a student who took his life at one school, and a gun that went off late at night during a dice game at another school.

It also includes a shooting over a gambling bet on the Tennessee State University campus earlier this year.

Included is an incident which happened August 22, 2013, at Westside Elementary School in Memphis.

In that case, a 5-year-old boy brought a gun to school to show off and it accidentally fired while in his backpack.

No one was injured.

Shelby County School Board Chair Kevin Woods said he was not surprised by the report, but feels it may be misleading.

“Unfortunately, that was one day where a student brought a gun into school, and an accident did occur,” he said of the August incident. “Because of that, we’re on that report.”

Everytown is pushing for stricter gun ownership laws.

In an analysis of incidents where a gun was fired on school property, three-quarters of the guns were brought from home and most were legally purchased.

The gun homicide rate has declined almost 50 percent since 1993, according to studies.

8 comments

  • Hard Truths

    If your child gets his or her hands on your gun, you need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    No excuses, no exceptions.

    • blahblah

      I guess you are talking about all the shooters that were under 18…some of these shooting were committed by “adults”.

    • OutWithRinos

      And just to show you how to-faced, corrupt, lying hypocrites our politicians are I submit the following.
      Gov Haslam was a member of Mayors Against Guns while Mayor of Knoxville. HOWEVER when he decided to run for Governor he resigned from that and joined the NRA since he knew this state would have never elected him as a member of Mayors Against Guns. Haslam is the poster child for the RINO Party, just like Corker and Alexander. I can only hope that Alexander loses in the primary to get his amnesty vote out of the Senate. The last report I saw Alexander was number one for voting with Obama at over 67% of the time. Alexander is a perfect example of a lifelong politician living off the taxpayer, saying one thing in his campaign while doing the exact opposite in his votes.
      Unfortunately I believe the people of this state will elect this bozo again.

  • Vecna

    Maybe if people .. I don’t know, learned to read, or something? They might not be so mislead. The devil is in the details, and the details are glossed over by many because they’re scared to see the devil staring them in the face.

    But the devil in those details is going to do work whether or not you pay attention.

    Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.

  • s poe

    need to bring kids up with morals, that’s what is lacking. and adults need to set better examples and stop being so immoral around their kids. that’s the source of it.

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