After numerous news outlets jumped the gun and reported that there was an active shooter at Ohio State University Monday, it was revealed that there was no shooter, but rather a man who attacked innocent people with a vehicle and a knife and was shot by police—but the damage had already been done.
According to this story from wnd.com, the OSU campus alerted students via text message to “shelter in place” and avoid parts of the campus.
Before first responders had sounded the all clear, Vox labeled the attack “the Ohio State shooting.” Yahoo News reported that the attack “spurs a look at Ohio gun laws” and pundits blamed American gun culture for a mass shooting that had never occurred, according to the Washington Examiner.
After the early and incorrect reports of a shooter, anti-gunners wasted no time calling for gun control on social media.
The wnd.com story says Hillary Clinton’s former presidential running mate and Virginia senator Tim Kaine tweeted “Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee tweeted this statement, apparently in a hurry: “Today is yet another was a sad day in our country because of a senseless shooting at an Ohio State University.”
Shannon Watts, the founder and mouthpiece of the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action, was particularly active before the full story came out, according to this story on bearingarms.com.
Here’s a string of tweets she sent out before knowing what actually happened at the school.
“Other nations protect their students. America gives dangerous people guns and asks students to defend themselves. God help us. Watts hall”
She sent that one out twice, the second time omitting the “God help us”
“After Sandy Hook, I’ll never be quiet again. I’ll scream bloody murder because that’s what’s happening to 100K shot annually in U.S.”
“For school shooting victims it’s not too soon to discuss our nation’s lax gun laws – it’s too late”
After news reports revealed that there was no active shooter and that the attacker on the “gun-free” campus had in fact been shot and killed by police, Watts didn’t let up.
“Thank God there wasn’t a gun per media reports and, in turn, no fatalities! Amazing work by law enforcement!! Ohio State University,” she tweeted.
“Stop with talk of “gun-free zones” and arming teachers. If more guns made us safe, US would be safest nation on earth,” she tweeted later.
The wnd.com story says) after the real story came out, many gun-control advocates promptly deleted their tweets, including California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said, “My thoughts are w/Ohio State this AM. We cannot let an average of 1 school shooting/wk be the normal in America. Too many lives are at stake,” before deleting it.