Inconvenient Truth: USA ranks “below average” on risk of Mass Public Shootings.

While gun control advocates never miss an opportunity to decry the most recent mass shooting tragedy; according to a 34 page report from John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center the USA actually ranks rather poorly on a global scale of such blatant evil.

As Lott states abstractly, “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.

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, but they are also much less deadly on average.

Out of the 97 countries where we have identified mass public shootings occurring, the United States ranks 64th in the per capita frequency of these attacks and 65th in the murder rate. Not only have these attacks been much more common outside the US, the US’s share of these attacks have declined over time. There has been a much bigger increase over time in the number and severity of mass shootings in the rest of the world compared to the US.”

While these tragedies are real and companies like ours provide training to prepare for such evil, they happen about 40% less frequently here in the USA than in other per capita comparisons.

We sadly anticipate these shootings will continue to occur until there are responsibly armed, well trained individuals protecting these locations via concealed carry.

The anti-gun mob will continue their onslaught.

They want to ban your Ar-15’s. They want “Universal” Background Checks. They want to limit magazine capacity.

None of which will prevent these shootings.

You know what does? A well armed, well trained citizen. In fact, they are successful 94% of the time and have 0 innocent bystanders killed.

All the more reason to get your concealed handgun license now and up your training.

You can read the entire Crime Prevention Research Center report here.

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