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Fox News’ Shepard Smith reads list of fatal school shootings on live TV

Before the bodies of 17 South Florida high school students and staff members had even been laid to rest, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith temporarily gave up his role as a journalist in order to make a political statement.

He took a break from keeping his viewers apprised of the developing news of Wednesday’s tragedy, and instead shockingly read off a list of previous school shootings, beginning with Colorado’s Columbine massacre nearly 20 years ago.

Florida makes 25 shootings

“Since Columbine in 1999, there have been 25 fatal, active school shooting incidents at elementary and high schools in America,” Smith said, before running down the list.

Smith did not address the inflated number of school shootings reported by Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group, Everytown for Gun Safety.

The only other 2018 school shooting Smith reported was the January 23 incident at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.

Everytown reported 18 school shootings this year, but its statistics included suicides, a pellet gun incident as well as accidental shootings.

Watch the clip, via Fox News Channel.

Shepard Smith reads list of school shootings since Columbine

Uploaded by Latest Fox News on 2018-02-15.

Suspect apprehended

Wednesday’s shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in the upscale community of Parkland, located west of Fort Lauderdale. Nikolas Cruz, the alleged gunman, was apprehended an hour later, taken into custody and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The Hill reported:

Seventeen people were killed in the shooting, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. It was not immediately clear how many people may have been injured in the attack.

Cruz, who once told a friend “I don’t go to school on Valentine’s Day,” entered the school wearing a gas mask and armed with an AR-15 rifle.

He set off smoke grenades and a fire alarm to bring students and teachers out in the hallways where they became easy targets.

Cruz was able to flee from the scene by blending in with other students and was arrested in a nearby neighborhood without incident.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement:

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an active shooter situation at a Broward County school Wednesday afternoon. Responding deputies were met with hundreds of students fleeing the school.

Investigators later learned that the shooter had concealed himself in the crowd and was among those running out of the school. After watching school security video, investigators were able to identify the shooter as Nikolas Cruz, 19. Cruz had attended and was expelled from the school the previous year.

Liberal lawmakers began calling for gun control legislation almost from the moment Wednesday’s shooting was reported.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) blamed the shooting on Congressional “inaction.”

So far, none have been able to say what legislation could have prevented the incident.