Is NPR responsible for misreporting school shootings? What about ignoring victims’ mental health? This article explores the issues. In particular, it looks at the media’s tendency to blame the victims while ignoring the perpetrators. But does NPR’s misreporting of school shootings really reflect the reality? Is it fair to say that NPR is responsible for promoting liberal agendas in the press?
Misreporting of school shootings
The ACLU report found that two-thirds of all reported incidents never occurred, while an NPR investigation shows that another third were falsely reported. The report found that only ten or so of the 240 shootings were verified by an outside source. As a result, the other two-thirds were misreported. While these numbers are still significant, they are not enough to justify the failure of the federal gun-free schools act.
The truth is that NPR’s reporting has a dark side. They tend to sensationalize school shootings to fit their anti-gun rights narrative, even in the case of the Uvalde tragedy. Clearly, they don’t want facts to get in the way of their anti-gun rights narrative. Reason Magazine wrote a compelling piece about this misreporting. Here are some of the most shocking examples of how NPR is using the facts to further their anti-gun rights narrative.
Ignoring mental health issues
When it comes to mass shootings, the question of mental health is frequently asked. This issue is particularly important in the wake of the Parkland High School shooting. The students, who are grieving, are calling for a ban on assault-style weapons, such as the AR-15. The alleged gunman was a client of a mental health facility who had been expelled from school for disciplinary reasons.
Unfortunately, we tend to demonize the role of mental health in mass killings. The general public views perpetrators of violence as irrational and detached from reality. Yet, a person who commits a mass shooting possesses a complex mental process, including a traumatic event that left thousands of people traumatized. For these reasons, it is crucial to address mental health in schools.
Ignoring the victims
The Uvalde tragedy is one of several recent school shootings that have been sensationalized by NPR. This media outlet has repeatedly confused school shootings with murderous rampages, in order to promote their anti-gun control narrative. However, a recent article in Reason Magazine details NPR’s journalistic sleight of hand. The piece points out that NPR’s reporting style does not reflect the lives of victims.
After the Uvalde shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults, the nation was shocked by the news of yet another mass shooting. Last month, NPR highlighted the 27 school shootings this year. It gave the impression that school shootings were on the rise, but the possibility that 26 such events went unreported is alarming. The NPR article highlights only the recent school shootings, not the many other incidents that take place on a daily basis.