The NPR piece stated the country experienced “at least 246 in just over 22 weeks,” which “averages out to just over 11 a week.” NPR arrived at that number by skirting the traditional FBI definition of “mass shooting” as four people killed in one incident. Instead, NPR uses the Gun Violence Archive definition of four people shot, whether fatally or not.
This inflation is typical of the gun-confiscating Left, which hypes their false numbers to stoke more fear of “gun violence” (guns don’t commit violence). In early December 2015 the left reacted to the San Bernardino terror attack, for example, by claiming there had been 355 mass shootings in 2015. But even Mark Follman, editor of the far-left Mother Jones magazine, pointed out in the New York Times that the actual number was about four.
As an antidote to the Left’s anti-Second Amendment hysteria, the FBI has noted there were 61 “active shooter incidents” in all of 2021, twelve of which “met the criteria cited in the federal definition of a mass killing.”