Facts can be pesky creatures. Sound bites sound good but many times divert us from the real issues. So, here are some facts based on mass shooting fatalities per million people.
- Norway has the highest annual death rate, with two mass public shooting fatalities per million people.
- Macedonia had a rate of 0.38
- Serbia 0.28
- Slovakia 0.20
- Finland 0.14
- Belgium 0.14
- Czech Republic 0.13.
- The U.S. comes in eighth with 0.095 mass public shooting fatalities per million people.
- Austria and Switzerland are close behind.
Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration of bombings and stabbings which are very common in other locations. For example, in Russia since 2009, the nation has seen 1.31 deaths per million from bombings that caused four or more fatalities.
Barack Obama stunned Americans and French alike with his false claims about gun violence in America. “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings. This just doesn’t happen in other countries,” the president claimed, as he has repeatedly over the years. Talk about being self-absorbed.
The French have witnessed three mass public shootings this year. January saw two attacks, one on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and another on a Paris supermarket. In the November attacks, 129 people were killed and 352 were injured. In 2015, France suffered more casualties than the U.S. has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (508 to 394).