Yes, you read that title correctly. And even though President Obama insists that “these shootings just don’t happen in other countries” the evidence points to another story.
Before we look at the actual numbers, let’s look at some of the quotes we have heard. Provided by CrimeResearch.org.
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. And there’s some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.” –President Obama, interview that aired on CBS Evening News, Dec. 2, 2015
“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted. … I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings: This just doesn’t happen in other countries.” –Obama, news conference at COP21 climate conference in Paris, Dec. 1, 2015
“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.” –Obama, statement on shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Ore., Oct. 1, 2015
“You don’t see murder on this kind of scale, with this kind of frequency, in any other advanced nation on Earth.” –Obama, speech at U.S. Conference of Mayors, June 19, 2015
“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. And it is in our power to do something about it.” –Obama, statement on the shooting in Charleston, S.C., June 18, 2015
In 2015 France has suffered 508 casualties (murders and injuries). Compare that with 428 casualties that have occurred during Obama’s entire presidency and you have a very lopsided pair of statistics which directly contradict what our president has been telling us.
You can see by this chart below that the US is not even at the top of mass shootings in terms of frequency when compared with other European countries.