Errors and Fake Evidence: Debunking the NRA School Safety Plan

Friday, April 5, 2013

The NRA is amping up the gun control debate a week before Congress plans to reconvene to consider gun legislation on the Senate floor. In a NRA-funded report outlined by former Republican Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson, its main component recommended using federal money to place armed guards in every school in America, citing specific evidence that turned out to be distorted or completely false.

Mother Jones, a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting, decided to investigate the reliability of the NRA-sponsored report. A senior editor, Mark Follman, uncovered several blunders in the NRA plan for securing schools from shooters. The first error Follman found (on page 69 of the report) was its reference to a “16-year-old attacker that killed six people hiding in a locked classroom in Hastings Middle School in Minnesota by shooting and subsequently stepping through a tempered glass window that ran vertically alongside the classroom door.”

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