CNN Defends Source of Misleading Mass-Shooting Data

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U.S.A.-( In a story published Sunday, CNN was forced to prop up the long-debunked Gun Violence Archive – the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that provides the cable network and other anti-gun groups with sensational, misleading, and inaccurate mass-shooting data.

The CNN story states that the Supreme Court Justices who dissented in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, INC. vs Bruen, cited data from the Gun Violence Archive, or GVA, which falsely claimed there have been 277 mass shootings since the beginning of 2022 – an average of one mass shooting per day.

“The dissent was just the latest example of the growing influence of the Gun Violence Archive, a tiny nonprofit that has for less than a decade attempted to log every single incident of gun violence in the US in real-time,” CNN wrote. “The organization has been cited by the Supreme Court, policymakers and media outlets like CNN primarily for its ongoing tally of mass shootings, which it defines as any incident in which four people are shot, excluding the shooter.”

Mark Bryant, the GVA’s executive director, told CNN he is noticing the phrase “according to Gun Violence Archive” cited more frequently in news stories, which Bryant sees as an affirmation of his group’s efforts.

It is not until later in the story – much later – that CNN mentions the misleading definition the GVA uses to define a mass shooting, which the Second Amendment Foundation first exposed.

“When most Americans hear the term ‘mass shooting,’ they picture a crazed gunman stalking the halls of a school or a shopping mall, coldly and randomly executing innocent young victims,” CNN wrote, quoting from the Second Amendment Foundation’s July 2021 story. “What does not come to mind are rival drug crews shooting it out in Chicago or Detroit, or a madman murdering his entire family.”

Bryant told the cable network that he views the Second Amendment Foundation’s criticisms as “irrelevant.”

“My answer on that is, the same number of people are shot whether you call it a ‘mass shooting’ or whether you call it a ‘shooting that four people or more were shot,’” Bryant told CNN. “But they just don’t like when the (term) ‘mass shooting’ is used, some don’t like that.”

Misleading Definition

Not included in the CNN story was a full explanation of the vast differences between the GVA’s definition of a mass shooting and how the FBI categorizes the crime or the massive discrepancies the two definitions produce.

For example, according to Bryant’s all-inclusive definition, there were 417 mass shootings in 2019. The FBI says there were thirty because it uses a much narrower and more realistic definition.

According to their report titled: “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2020,” the FBI defines active shootings as:

  • Shootings in public places
  • Shootings occurring at more than one location
  • Shootings where the shooter’s actions were not the result of another criminal act
  • Shootings resulting in a mass killing
  • Shootings indicating apparent spontaneity by the shooter
  • Shootings where the shooter appeared to methodically search for potential victims
  • Shootings that appeared focused on injury to people, not buildings or objects

Shootings were excluded from the FBI’s list if they were the result of:

  • Self-defense
  • Gang violence
  • Drug violence
  • Contained residential or domestic disputes
  • Controlled barricade/hostage situations
  • Crossfire as a byproduct of another ongoing criminal act
  • An action that appeared not to have put other people in peril

By comparison, the Gun Violence Archive excludes nothing, even if the shooting is gang or drug related – the two main causes of most violence in the country today.

Last year, when we asked Bryant if he believed that the average news consumer even considers domestic violence or gang warfare when they hear the term mass shooting, Bryant said:

“I don’t know. I know what we want to do is provide numbers and let the journalists, advocates and ‘congress critters’ look at the data, glean details and drill down on it.”


CNN’s story says the GVA is looking for a “permanent funding source” since their lone donor is in his 80s. They’re also seeking a potential replacement should Bryant, who is 67, decide to retire.

That’s the real reason for CNN’s story. The network cannot afford to lose the sensational, click-bait headlines GVA’s stories produce. Besides, the GVA is also used by anti-gun politicians, gun prohibitionists and other media outlets to infringe upon our rights. Keep in mind they cite GVA’s fake data as proof our rights need some infringing. That’s the real danger of GVA’s misleading data.

Now, when ill-informed Supreme Court Justices parrot GVA’s gibberish, that danger grows exponentially.

This story is presented by the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project and wouldn’t be possible without you. Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support more pro-gun stories like this.

About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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When all else fails lie cheat and deceive, the Democrat way of getting peoples support for thier deception. Never admit it’s all bullshit . Just double down on the lies .


and when questioned shout their opponent down , they cant debate with facts they have none


The socialist trash still believes if they say the same lies over and over,day after day,etc, that everyone will eventually take it as truth! They seem to have had a moderate success with that too.


Actually, Lying, cheating, stealing, and deception are the primary
protocols in the Marxocrat directory. . . . There is no plan B.


M454 – “lie cheat and deceive” – you left out steal and that is their normal way of operating. The doubling down comes into play when “all else fails” – along with their cries of ‘racism’ etc.


The dissenting SCOTUS judges in Bruen lost all credibility. They used false “mass shooting” data to support their opinion, and besides, the “data” wouldn’t have proven their argument anyway. Bruen is all about legal concealed carry outside the residence. How many licensed concealed carriers are responsible for “mass shootings”? NONE. Ridiculous argument, and we should expect a lot more from our justices, particularly at that level.


View the nomination hearings for both Kegan and Soto-Mayor. They used the same choreographer for the 2A question both saying that it was “. . . settled (Heller) law”. ending with a wink and a nod. Sometime later they both dissented in Brown vs. Chicago. They are both sworn to an ideology other than our constitution. The last inductee never should have subjected herself to seek the demeaning defined role of “a black woman”, when there was no regard for her qualifications, or her inability to define woman. I am ever thankful for Trump’s selections. Thankful for the guidance of… Read more »


The left doing what it always does; changing definitions to muddy the water. If the truth does not support your narrative just obfuscate or change the truth.

As to SCOTUS exactly which Justice(s) used the GVA stats, Kagen, Soto-Mayer? Both of whom are too stupid and biased to be a judge in a cake baking contest.


Propaganda must be at least partially true to be credible. CNN learned this from the New York Times. The New York Times depended on. a succession of propagandists to craft their skills: Walter Duranty, Herbert Matthews et al crafted the style book of propaganda. CNN simply uses that tired script. Omission and Commission of factual fallacy, false parallel and false metaphor are all handy tools used. So when they refer to gang bangers as children or running gun battles between international cartels as “mass shootings” they evade scrutiny of the uninformed.


Let’s call it what it is a Mass Murder carried out by a violent person that law enforcement could have prevented. Again CNN has no journalistic integrity they can fire & hire all the new staff that agree to continue to manipulate the truth. CNN will never be a credible news source again. The FBI has shown its true intentions when it come to political party affiliations and who they support. The FBI along with the media and the democratic socials party continue to manipulate words and meanings to push their agenda forward. By any sense of definition that is… Read more »


they do their best to hide the fact that most of these events happen where the most restrictive laws are preventing a good guy wit a gun to stop the shooting


what else would you expect hacktivist judges to do, site real facts? this only lends credibility to willfully ignorant people (democrats) for their willfully ignorant constituents.
and here i thought they liked the fbi after the trump raid?


CNN and other networks of Liberaldom intend to convince the nation that there’s a rifleman outside waiting for them. And so far, they already got feminists, gays, lesbian lovers, recent “eee-mi-greents” and Africans from America convinced!