Immediately after the tragic Charleston South Carolina church massacre, President Obama took to the airwaves to lament:
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. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.
Well, let’s take a look at some facts to see if that’s actually true – although we know how liberals never let silly things like facts get in the way of a good story.
Most comparisons on mass shootings don’t take into account total population, so this handy chart (hat tip to IJ Review) gives a more accurate view by country. The countries shown in this chart all belong to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), so we’ll assume they’re sufficiently advanced to meet Obama’s criteria.
The Rampage Shooting Index assembled data from these countries to construct a per capita mass shootings index that controls for population differences.
When that is taken into account, per IJ Review, the United States falls from number one due to its frequency of 38 mass shootings from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 (which would be number one without correcting for population) to number seven.
Security Magazine says, Between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013, there were 413 fatalities from mass shootings in the 34 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From the five-year period of 2008-2012, there were 373 total spree shooting fatalities.
According to the OECD’s latest version of the Rampage Shooting Index, a pair of deadly shootings in Switzerland in early 2013 pushed the U.S. out of the top five OECD nations for the most per capita fatalities, but the U.S. continues to have the most rampage shooting deaths (one reason could be its size – The U.S. population accounts for 25 percent of the OECD total). However, the U.S. saw a drop in mass shooting deaths from 93 in 2012 to 68 in 2013.
But perhaps the most interesting fact to note is that the top five countries for mass shootings all have “restrictive” gun policies.
So much for gun control controlling mass shootings.