[Ed. – Which is still 21 too many — but the WFB article will help you understand why your BS meter pegged — as mine did — when you heard the left’s bogus “355” number.]
The New York Times, the Washington Post,Boston Globe, CBS News, MSNBC, and Newsday all claimed that the shooting in San Bernardino, California was the 355th mass shooting this year. The number was also shared on cable news during coverage of the shooting. The figure is derived from a group of activists who run a “subreddit” named “Guns Are Cool.”
The “Guns are Cool” site describes a mass shooting as any event where four or more people, including the shooter, are injured. This is a looser criteria [sic] than the FBI definition of mass murder, which it describes “as a number of murders (four or more) occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders.”
Under the FBI standard only 21 of the 355 shootings identified by the anti-gun group qualify as mass murder with a firearm.
Though the FBI does not officially count mass shootings, it has studied “active shooter incidents” that involve “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” In a report released last year, the FBI found over a thirteen year period, between 2000 and 2013, there were 160 “active shooter incidents.” Those incidents do not include gang-related shootings, but do include incidents where nobody was shot or killed.