It seems that whenever there’s a crises or a tragedy this president inevitability adds to the discourse with political talking points that simply don’t measure up to the facts. And rather than comfort those in need he uses another tragedy to promote a false narrative, with erroneous facts that have been proven to be incorrect.

Within less than 24-hours after the horrific mass shooting in Charleston, the president took to the air-waves and delivered a speech which once again became a political narrative and condemnation of our Second Amendment, and at one point he specifically blamed America for giving rise to the tragic shooting.

And rather than strike a comforting uplifting tone the speech seemed harsh almost critical of this great nation,  “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”.

However the facts simply prove Obama is wrong on almost every point

1. The Frequency of Mass Shootings in America is Rare

 2. Mass Shootings are Not Significantly on the Rise

3. Gun Violence is Down. Way, Way Down.

4. Gun Violence is Not the Only Kind of “Mass Violence”

5. U.S. Homicide Rate Does Not Reflect Its High Gun Ownership in Global Context

A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally (more guns = less crime).

Nations with strict gun control laws have substantially higher murder rates than those who do not in general. In fact, the 9 European nations with the lowest gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate 3x that of the 9 European nations with the highest gun ownership rate! Astoundingly the United Kingdom which bands firearms completely has approximately 4x the rate of violent crimes compared to that of the United States. With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. Despite strict gun regulations, Europe has had 3 of the worst 6 school shootings.

h/t: IJR



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