The President gets it Wrong on Mass Shootings

Here’s an excerpt from The Washington Post on false claims about mass shootings in the USA compared to other countries:
“Specifically, the Post took issue with Obama’s repeated claims that high-profile shootings do not happen with the same frequency in other countries. For Instance, at a June 19 speech before the wildly anti-gun U.S. Conference of Mayors, Obama claimed, “[w]e are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”

The Post wisely turned to research examining the rate of deaths resulting from mass shootings in 11 countries, conducted by State University of New York-Oswego professor Jaclyn and Texas State University’s H. Jaymi Elsass. The Post points out, “the United States had a lower rate of mass shooting fatalities per 100,000 people than Norway, Finland and Switzerland.”

Moreover, the Post cites economist John R. Lott, who told the reporters, “If you are going to compare the U.S. to someplace else, if you are going to compare it to small countries, you have to adjust for population. Alternatively, compare the U.S. to Europe as a whole.” The piece went on to explain that Lott contends that when this more appropriate measure is taken “from 2009 to 2015 shows the rate of mass shootings in the United States and Europe are about the same.”

The Post ultimately concluded by stating, “[w]e urge the president to be more consistent and precise in describing mass shootings in the country… rather than using vague or misleading phrases.” For these misleading statements, the Post awarded the president two ‘Pinocchios.’”
Read the full story here:

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20151211/washington-post-skewers-obama-on-shootings-vindicates-rubio-and-gun-rights-position

John

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