CBS Repeats Lie About Number of Mass Shootings, Pushes Gun Control

On Monday’s CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell began and ended her broadcast by lying and pushing her leftist gun control agenda in the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store on Saturday. 

“Tonight, this is a community in mourning — ten people were killed, three injured, eleven of them were black,” O’Donnell announced at the top of her program, before repeating an outright lie that has been previously debunked by NewsBusters: “it was a deadly weekend here in America — the United States has seen 202 mass shootings so far this year, four of them happened on Sunday.” 

In reality, there haven’t been 202 mass shootings in America this year. As NewsBusters Deputy Managing Editor Nick Fondacaro wrote in April at the link above:

When reports of a “mass shooting” break, the common understanding is that a person went to a public place (school, shopping center, est.) The person started to shoot indiscriminately in an attempt to kill as many people as possible. But what the liberal media are currently citing is data from the Gun Violence Archive, a supposed “independent” aggregator of incidents involving guns.

 

 

However, CBS’s 202 mass shootings are defined by the Gun Violence Archive. “four or more shot and/or killed in a single event incident, at the same general time and location not including the shooter.”

After repeating that easily debunked lie in order to scare viewers into giving up their Second Amendment rights, O’Donnell attempted to pull on viewers heartstrings by invoking the memory of one of the women who died in Saturday’s tragedy. 

“We want to end tonight with what has become an all-too-familiar scene in America, a community rocked by senseless violence,” O’Donnell said before telling viewers the story of 72-year-old Katherine Massey who wrote a letter to the editor in her local paper “calling on the federal government to address gun violence in this country.” 

Attempting to guilt her audience into supporting gun control, O’Donnell ended the show by adding “on Saturday, she became a victim herself, one of the ten people killed and three injured.”

CBS Evening News lies about how many mass shootings there have been. They also exploited the death of an old woman to promote a gun control agenda. Liberty Mutual. They are linked.

To read the relevant transcript click “expand”: 

CBS Evening News
5/16/2022
Eastern, 6:32:40 

O’DONNELL: Tonight, this is a community in mourning — ten people were killed, three injured, eleven of them were black. The victims ranged from the age of thirty-two to sixty six years old and included a retired officer in police, substitute teachers and grandmothers with six children. Tomorrow’s visit by President Biden to Buffalo will be a time for the nation to remember and grieve. This was America’s most tragic weekend. There have been 202 mass shootings in the United States this year. Only four were on Sunday. 

(…)

Eastern, 6:58:07

O’DONNELL: We want to end tonight with what has become an all-too-familiar scene in America, a community rocked by senseless violence. It started out as an ordinary Saturday in Buffalo, but quickly turned into something more: shoppers trying to buy their milk and bread. One resident said that we cannot match his hatred, but love must win. 

There’s one story we’ve heard that is chilling–72-year-old Katherine Massey wrote a letter that appeared in the local paper here almost exactly a year ago, calling on the federal government to address gun violence in this country. She was one of the three victims and she died on Saturday. The words of a local bishop are poignant. His words were: “We pray for guidance, prayer for peace, and pray for unity. But most importantly we pray to God.” We pray for justice. 

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