I was listening to the radio while I was driving around today. It was a classical radio station that had a news teaser in between commercials. The DJ said, “At 5pm, we’ll have a round table about why mass shootings are a uniquely American problem.”
Uniquely American? What the hell was he talking about…. I just got a great book called “More Guns, Less Crime” by John R Lott. I have only skimmed it so far, but damn it is fascinating. Here’s a section that I’d like to read to the idiot at the radio station. It’s a list of mass shootings since 2001.
– Zug, Switzerland, September 27, 2001: a man murdered 15 members of a cantonal parliament.
– Tours, France, October 29, 2001: four people were killed and 10 wounded when a French railway worker started killing people at a busy intersection in the city.
– Nanterre, France, March 27, 2002: a man kills eight city councilors after a city council meeting.
– Erfurt, Germany on April 26, 2002: a former student kills 18 at a secondary school.
– Freising, Germany on February 19, 2002: Three people killed and one wounded.
– Turin, Italy on October 15, 2002: Seven people were killed on a hillside overlooking the city.
– Madrid, Spain, October 1, 2006: a man kills two employees and wounds another at a company that he was fired from.
– Emsdetten, Germany, November 20, 2006: a former student murders 11 people at a high school.
– Southern Finland, November 7, 2007: Seven students and the principal were killed at a high school.
– Naples, Italy, September 18, 2008: Seven dead and two seriously wounded in a public meeting hall (not included in totals below because it may possibly have involved the mafia).
– Kauhajoki, Finland, Sept. 23, 2008: 10 people were shot to death at a college.
– Winnenden, Germany, March 11, 2009: a 17-year-old former student killed 15 people, including nine students and three teachers.
– Lyon, France, March 19, 2009: ten people injured after a man opened fire on a nursery school.
– Athens, Greece, April 10, 2009: three people killed and two people injured by a student at a vocational college.
– Rotterdam, Netherlands, April 11, 2009: three people killed and 1 injured at a crowded cafe.
– Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2009: one dead and 16 wounded in an attack on a Sikh Temple.
– Espoo, Finland, Dec. 31, 2009: 4 killed while shopping at a mall on New Year’s Eve.
– Cumbria, England, June 2, 2010: 12 people killed by a British taxi driver.
Gun Violence doesn’t appear to be an American problem. In fact, we don’t have a gun problem. We have a violence problem. I will never understand why the anti-gunners are so afraid to confront our dark side….our need to commit acts of random violence when we get bullied, fired, slighted, divorced, cheated on, or our feelings hurt? Why are anti-gunners so afraid of reality? And how the hell did they get so duped into thinking that getting rid of my gun would cause the douche in Connecticut from shooting people?
I do not understand how a group of free-thinking, intelligent people can en masse be convinced of something so irrelevant and off topic? More Americans die in drunk driving wrecks than in mass shootings, yet none of these erudite free-thinkers want to ban the car….
The answer? Americans also have a problem with lack of responsibility. If you don’t remember anything else, remember this:
There are no factual arguments against gun control. Only emotional ones.
Do you want to have a CHL class Dallas, TX. Please call me. My wife and kids are safer with you walking around armed. This is a statistcal fact.