President Obama does not concern himself with facts. His arrogance allows him to believe that simply by saying something, it makes it true. “Climate change it the greatest threat facing our nation.” “ISIS is on the run.” “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.”
And, of course: “Shootings like those seen in America simply don’t happen in other countries.”
Time and time again, Obama has rushed to capitalize on the deaths of innocents and has worked to convey a message to shame Americans into surrendering their Second Amendment rights. He assures Americans that our love of individual freedom is creating a bloodbath not seen in other nations.
On Tuesday, Obama claimed,
“I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings. This just doesn’t happen in other countries.’
This comment should irk each and every French and American citizen. Just late last month, France dealt with a horrific tragedy when Muslim terrorists coordinated attacks in Paris, the capital of a country with strict gun control laws.
These gunmen killed 129 people and injured 352. In January, France also endured several other horrific shootings- one by Muslim terrorists at the magazine Charlie Hebdo and another at a French supermarket.
But it’s not just France; the rest of the world struggles with the heinousness of gun violence. South of our border, Mexico remains awash in rampant gun violence despite maintaining some of the strictest and most-unforgiving anti-gun laws in the world.
Even in Europe, gun violence is common and mass shootings are seen. Author and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center John Lott recently highlighted Obama’s outright lies by painting a fuller picture of gun violence across the globe. He writes,
Obama also overlooks Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik used a gun to kill 67 people and wound 110 others. Still others were killed by bombs that Breivik detonated. Of the four worst K-12 school shootings, three have occurred in Europe. Germany had two of these — one in 2002 at Erfut and another in 2009 at Winnenden, with a total death toll of 34.
Obama isn’t correct even if he meant the frequency of fatalities or attacks. Many European countries actually have higher rates of death from public shootings that resulted in four or more murders. It’s simply a matter of adjusting for America’s much larger population.
Let’s look at mass public shootings from 2009 to the middle of June this year. To compare fairly with American shootings, I excluded attacks that might be better classified as struggles over sovereignty. For instance, I did not count the 22 people killed in the Macedonian town of Kumanovo last month.
Norway had 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 and the 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.
In terms of the frequency of attacks, the U.S. ranks ninth, with 0.09 attacks per million people. Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland, Norway, Slovakia, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic all had higher rates.
Bear in mind, these stats discuss the use of firearms. How many are killed by knives or, in a manner that is becoming more-common, with bombs?
The Boston Marathon Bombers killed indiscriminately with a pressure cooker made into a bomb. Russia is encountering more and more bomb attacks and has 1.31 deaths per million from bombings that caused four or more fatalities.
If President Obama is so keen on finding some sort of commonality within these attacks, he should apply Occam’s Razor and see that the vast majority of mass shootings in America occur in so-called “gun-free” zones. If Obama were truly interested in saving lives, he would be ranting and raving against the very rules and regulations that compel law-abiding citizens to stash their guns in the car or leave them at home.
Instead, it seems increasingly evident that the purpose behind Obama’s obscene exploitation of death is not to save lives, but to achieve the political agenda favored by all tyrants who fear an armed populace: civilian disarmament.
The “this doesn’t happen in other countries” is a lie and not a very good one. A cursory examination of the violence seen around the world should indicate that Obama hopes Americans are too lazy to think and will simply accept the compliant media’s dutiful parroting of the president’s preposterous narrative.