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June 11th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

U.S. averages one school shooting every five weeks since Newtown

(CNN) - After Tuesday's shooting at an Oregon high school, many media outlets, including CNN, reported that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months.

That's the time period since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death.

The statistic came from a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella group started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a passionate and public advocate of gun control.

Without a doubt, that number is startling.

So on Wednesday, CNN took a closer look at the list, delving into the circumstances of each incident Everytown included.

Everytown says on its web site that it gleans its information from media reports and that its list includes school shootings involving a firearm discharged inside or on school grounds, including assaults, homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.

CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon - a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school. That works out to about one shooting every five weeks.

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  1. john

    Nice little factoid, but how about some reference numbers, how often were school shootings before Newtown? How many didn't involve the school in question except as unfortunate background? How does that compare to historical models? How many are related to drugs or gangs? Simple statistics can be spun in any direction and by themselves are quite meaningless. How about a little perspective in the report?

    June 12, 2014 at 4:37 am | Reply

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