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Mass Shootings Per Capita America vs Europe

Death Angel

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Think it's safer in Europe? Think again.

France, Finland and Norway all have much smaller populations than the US: 65 million for France and about 5 million each for Finland and Norway. As it happens, each had fewer mass shootings to batter the nation’s psyche, but on a per capita scale, the results were more sobering. According to researcher John Lott, all three had a much higher frequency of mass shootings per capita than the US from 2009-15. France had 0.347 shootings/1,000,000 people, and Finland had 0.132/1,000,000 people and Norway had 1.888 shootings/1,000,000 people. That’s more than 21 times higher the US rate of 0.078 shootings per 1,000,000 people! (Of course, Norway’s number is high because of a single terrorist attack).

 

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Think it's safer in Europe? Think again.

France, Finland and Norway all have much smaller populations than the US: 65 million for France and about 5 million each for Finland and Norway. As it happens, each had fewer mass shootings to batter the nation’s psyche, but on a per capita scale, the results were more sobering. According to researcher John Lott, all three had a much higher frequency of mass shootings per capita than the US from 2009-15. France had 0.347 shootings/1,000,000 people, and Finland had 0.132/1,000,000 people and Norway had 1.888 shootings/1,000,000 people. That’s more than 21 times higher the US rate of 0.078 shootings per 1,000,000 people! (Of course, Norway’s number is high because of a single terrorist attack).


The "per capita" count is disingenuous. It's not who counts the numbers, but the way they count them.
 

JGalt

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The "per capita" count is disingenuous. It's not who counts the numbers, but the way they count them.

I didn't think that through. I see how the "per capita" method works now. Thanks.
 

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