As Rahm Emanuel famously said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
President Obama wasted no time in following that advice by taking advantage of the recent tragic Charleston shooting (that left 9 Americans dead) to push his gun control agenda. He said:
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.
Conservative Daily (6/19/15) questioned that statement, consulting The Rampage Shooting Index. The journal noted, ”most statistics on mass shootings in the world compare apples and oranges by not correcting for population.” The Rampage Shooting Index does just that, by assembling “data from around the world to construct a per capita mass shootings index that controls for population differences.” The countries included are “members of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)…(therefore) we can assume these 34 countries are sufficiently ‘advanced’ to enter into the discussion.”
When the data are controlled for population, the United States comes out in sixth place on the Rampage Shooting Index (see index below). “The U.S. continues to have the most rampage shooting deaths (one reason could be its size – The U.S. population accounts for 25 percent of the OECD total). However, the U.S. saw a drop in mass shooting deaths from 93 in 2012 to 68 in 2013.
“The U.S. index of 0.12 per 5,000,000 places it behind Norway (recall the Anders Breivik massacre), Finland, Slovakia, Israel, and Switzerland. Another thing one might note: The top 5 countries for mass shootings per capita all have “restrictive” gun policies.”
It is my contention that the divisiveness created by Obama and his lackeys has created just the “era of crisis” that he has been wanting. This gives him the chance to “totally transform America” into his fascist dream state.
It is up to Americans to check out the facts, call a lie a lie, and move beyond crisis politics to help recreate a unified nation.