[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Obama, on Thursday, used the opportunity of the recent Charleston shooting to attempt to shame Americans into acquiescing to his unconstitutional agenda. Once again, Obama manufactured his own “facts” to support his failed narrative- that guns, not people, cause violence and that gun control laws keep people safer.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Like so many propagandists before, Obama and his leftist parrots believe that repeating these ideas over and over again will somehow make them true.
Though the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., was a so-called “gun free zone,” the shooter, as so many deranged lunatics often do, dismissed this silly prohibition and slaughtered innocent, unarmed people.
Still, President Obama called for Washington to come together to pass more-restrictive anti-Second Amendment laws and lashed-out at Americans, claiming that these kinds of tragedies don’t happen in other advanced nations.
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said, joined by Vice President Biden. “But 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. And it is in our power to do something about it.”
The problem: that’s simply not true.
Off the top of this author’s head, I can recall several high-profile instances of such violence in “gun-free” countries. The massacre in Norway, the Charlie Hebdo attacks, beheadings, etc.
Further, let’s not forget that Mexico maintains some of the strictest gun laws in the world with severe punishments for violations of these laws and the nation is ravaged with gun violence and murder.
Eric Owens of the Daily Caller compiled a cursory review of such attacks that have occurred in “advanced” countries since 2010:
A truly cursory search shows that since 2010, Obama’s second year in office, mass killings have occurred in at least 10 civilized nations just in Western and Central Europe. These incidents have resulted in the deaths of about 160 people. Scores more were seriously injured.
The most notorious of these European mass murders occurred in Norway in 2011. Anders Breivik, a self-proclaimed anti-Muslim militant, set off a van bomb targeting government buildings in Oslo, then went to a nearby summer camp and shot 69 children to death.
In January of this year, in France, a series of terrorist attacks collectively called the Île-de-France attacks caused the deaths of 14 people. Among the victims were several employees of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
In February 2015, a 63-year-old gunman, Zdeněk Kovář, killed nine people at a restaurant in small town in the southeastern corner of the Czech Republic. Police described the man as mentally ill.
The same month, gunmen opened fire in a Copenhagen, Denmark café, killing one person. Like the incidents in France, the Copenhagen event was related to artists attempting to render images of Muhammad, Islam’s prophet.
In 2013, 59-year-old Ljubiša Bogdanović killed 13 people and tried to kill his wife during a shooting spree in a tiny town in Serbia. Most of the victims were the killer’s family members. He killed them as they were sleeping. One victim was a two-year-old child. Locals described Bogdanović, a war veteran, as quiet.
Also in 2013, Muslim radicals Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, hacked British soldier Lee Rigby to death with meat cleavers while unarmed bystanders looked on. In 2012, Matthew Tvrdon, a resident of Cardiff, Wales, killed a mother of three children and injured 17 more people with his van over the course of 30 frenetic minutes involving hit-and-run incidents. Tvrdon had beem diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic prior to the murder-and-injury spree.
Also in 2012, three attacks occurred in the cities of Montauban and Toulouse in France which resulted in the deaths of seven people and serious injuries for four others. Three children, all of them Jewish, were among the dead. The gunman was Mohammed Merah, 23, a Frenchman of Algerian descent. Police believe his motive was anti-Semitism.
In 2011, a man named Nordine Amrani armed with grenades and a rifle killed six people and injured dozens more on the main square in Liege, Belgium. He had also killed a woman earlier in the day. Amrani, then 33, had a long criminal history. His motive remains murky.
Also in 2011, a 24-year-old man named Tristan van der Vlis killed six people and injured 17 more in a mass shooting at a mall about 20 miles outside of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. He drove up to the mall in his black Mercedes-Benz. The shooter had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In 2010, Derrick Bird, a 52-year-old taxi driver killed a dozen people and injured 11 more at several locations across the English county of Cumbria. Some of Bird’s murders were targeted. Others appeared to have been random. Bird’s motives are unclear. Speculation includes anger of getting fired for theft from a job way back in 1990 and, more recently, the fact that he sent about $1,500 to a girl he met in Thailand who later broke up with him via text.
Also in 2010, Ľubomír Harman, a man in his late forties, killed seven people and injured at least 17 more in a mass killing in a suburb of Bratislava, Slovakia. Harman knew none of his victims, police determined. His motive remains unclear. Police say it may have involved disputes he had with neighbors.
The same year, in a small town in the southwestern corner of Germany, a 41-year-old woman named Sabine Radmacher shot (and stabbed) three people to death. The victims were her son, her son’s father and a nurse. The incident occurred at a hospital in Lörrach (pop.: 48,160). Radmacher may have been involved in an explosion earlier in the day as well, which caused the deaths of two people. Police blamed this mass killing on disputes with neighbors, too.
No, sadly, these kinds of senseless killing sprees occur as a result of lunacy and cultural decay. Blaming them on firearms and those who seek to retain their right to own them is pure opportunism and grotesquely inappropriate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]