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Monday, April 22, 2019

No Liberals, America is NOT the Worst Western Country When it Comes to Mass Shootings

Democrats are pushing hard for their gun-control agenda and one claim they’re making is that mass shootings are statistically more common in the US than other Western countries.

If you’re going off of pure emotion and no facts, then sure you can try and sell that lie.

For example, The Daily Wire reported Obama said on June 18, 2015, after the Charleston, North Carolina mass shooting: “Let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”


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After the same mass shooting, Harry Reid stated, “The United States is the only advanced country where this kind of mass violence occurs.”

Finally, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said this after the Parkland high school mass shooting: “This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America.”

Investor’s Business Daily statistically disagrees, stating, “a study of global mass-shooting incidents from 2009 to 2015 by the Crime Prevention Research Center, headed by economist John Lott, shows the U.S. doesn’t lead the world in mass shootings. In fact, it doesn’t even make the top 10, when measured by death rate per million population from mass public shootings.”

Of the top deadliest countries in 2009-2015, the United States doesn’t even rank in the first 10.

The top 18 countries with the highest death rater per million people from mass shootings, in this time frame, are:

  1. Norway: 1.888
  2. Serbia: 0.381
  3. France: 0.347
  4. Macedonia: 0.337
  5. Albania: 0.206
  6. Slovakia: 0.185
  7. Switzerland: 0.142
  8. Finland: 0.132
  9. Belgium: 0.128
  10. Czech Republic: 0.123
  11. United States: 0.089
  12. Austria: 0.068
  13. The Netherlands: 0. 051
  14. Canada: 0.032
  15. England: 0.027
  16. Germany: 0.023
  17. Russia: 0.012
  18. Italy: 0.009

The study continues, “Some people have defended President Obama’s statement by pointing to the word ‘frequency.’ But, even if one puts it in terms of frequency, the president’s statement is still false, with the US ranking 12th compared to European countries. … There were 27% more casualties per capita from mass public shootings in EU than US from 2009-15.”

It goes one to state, “There were 16 cases where at least 15 people were killed. Out of those cases, four were in the United States, two in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. But the U.S. has a population four times greater than Germany’s and five times the U.K.’s, so on a per-capita basis the U.S. ranks low in comparison — actually, those two countries would have had a frequency of attacks 1.96 (Germany) and 2.46 (UK) times higher.”

When considering the tragedies that have occurred in the United States, let’s look at the facts instead of the emotional propaganda the left often likes to tout. What Nikolas Cruz did was horrible and could have been prevented had authorities did their jobs when he was reported multiple times.

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