America suffered another tragic mass shooting this week at a church in Texas, where at least 26 were killed.
A common talking point you’ll hear is that there’s no where else in the world that mass shootings like this occur – and that’s simply not the case.
When the Crime Prevention Research Center computed the figures as of 2015, they found that there were 16 mass public shootings that fell into their “worst” category: Those where 15 or more were killed. Of the cases, four were in the United States, two in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
It’s important to note, however, that the 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. According to the study, “there were 55 percent more casualties per capita from mass public shootings in [the European Union] than U.S. from 2009-15.”
All four of the 2015 mass public shooting in France involved machine guns, where 130 people were killed in November of that year in multiple attacks, including one at a concert venue.
The gap with the U.S. has shrunk since then, with the Pulse Nightclub Shooting and last month’s massacre in Las Vegas. Still, the statistics don’t show a higher frequency of mass public shootings deaths per capita in the U.S.
As John Lott noted on Fox News, there were 29 mass public shootings (four or more fatalities in a public place, according to the FBI’s official definition) in the U.S. during the eight years of the Obama administration; 26 in Europe.
Make sure you watch gun control enthusiast Piers Morgan get absolutely crushed when it comes to gun violence statistics below:
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