On October 14 Motorola sent out a tweet citing a study which counted stabbings as “school shootings,” thus elevating the number of such incidents, and claimed one way to react to the increased number is by providing first responders with good radios–specifically with Motorola P25 digital radios.
Active shooter incidents are on the rise. Learn how to empower your First Responders: https://t.co/GqYmvXFnrX
— Motorola Solutions (@MotoSolutions) September 4, 2014
An infographic accompanying the tweet cited Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety June 2014 study on “school shootings” with the caption: “74 school shootings since Sandy Hook in December 2012.” But as Breitbart News previously reported, the problem with this particular study is that it includes stabbings and incidents without injuries or fatalities as “school shootings.”
For example, the study includes the three people Santa Barbara attacker Elliot Rodger stabbed to death in an apartment as victims of “school shootings.”
Some of the other incidents cited among the “74 school shootings” were allegedly gang or drug-related.
While this is an easy way for a gun control group to inflate numbers to their benefit, it is a terrible way for a company like Motorola to try to sell radios.
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