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The Truth About Mass Shootings


John Lott writing in the Chicago TribuneAmerica doesn’t lead the world in mass public shootings. We’re not even close. Just last month, a school shooting in Crimea, Russia, claimed 20 lives and wounded 65 others. But Americans usually don’t hear about such events.

Over the course of 18 years, from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters within this country. By our count, the U.S. makes up 1.49 percent of the murders worldwide, 2.20 percent of the attacks, and less than 1.15 percent of the mass public shooters. All these are much less than America’s 4.6 percent share of the world population.

Of the 97 countries where we identified mass public shootings, the U.S. ranks 64th per capita in its rate of attacks and 65th in fatalities. Major European countries, such as Norway, Finland, France, Switzerland and Russia, all have at least 25 percent higher per capita murder rates from mass public shootings.

I know these things, because I follow Lott's research and I've seen this before. But it gets so little attention that each time it comes up, it surprises me again.

This entry was published Tue Nov 27 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-11-27 08:47:19.0. [Tweet]

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