Mass Shootings in the U.S. – A Reality Check

“The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States” (CPRC, 2018).

Mass Shootings in Selected Countries

Mass Shootings in Selected Countries (click to enlarge)

The full report is available at the CPRC Research website, and shows a complete list of all nations.  The graphic at left is a collection of “selected” countries, whereupon I’ve removed some of the obvious “war zone” areas in the Middle East and destabilized regions of Africa.  Of note,  “first world nations” such as Norway, Finland, Switzerland and France, all had substantially higher rates of mass shootings than did the United States.

“Over the 18 years from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters within our country. By our count, the US makes up less than 1.15% of the mass public shooters, 1.49% of their murders, and 2.20% of their attacks. All these are much less than the US’s 4.6% share of the world population. Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than other countries, they are also much less deadly on average” (CPRC, 2018).

Source: The Crime Prevention Research Center

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