- John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” addressed Barack Obama’s claim that mass shootings don’t occur elsewhere like they do in the U.S.
- His points:
- This year France suffered more mass-shooting deaths than has occurred in the U.S. since Obama became President (508 to 394)
- In Norway, Anders Brevik shot and killed 67 people
- 3 of the 4 worst school shootings in history occurred in Europe
- Adjusted for population, the U.S. is 8th world-wide in terms of public shooting deaths, with Austria and Switzerland close behind
- In terms of frequency of shooting deaths, the U.S. is 9th
- The background checks for private gun sales that the President wants are already in place in Belgium and France, each of whom have higher public shooting death numbers than the U.S.
- Most public shootings in Europe and the U.S. occur in legally enforced gun-free zones
Lott’s conclusion: the last thing Obama wants to admit is that public shootings occur, sometimes in greater numbers than the U.S., where existing gun control laws are far stricter than those here in the U.S.
Source: Investors Business Daily