On June 5th, our research on mass public shootings got significant coverage by local news outlets throughout the United States. The news coverage starts this way:
WASHINGTON (SBG) – Elected leaders on Capitol Hill were quick to respond with familiar calls for action on U.S. gun reform after the Virginia Beach mass shooting.
“We clearly need common sense gun legislation,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
“We’re the only country in the world with this problem,” said Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D- N.Y. , grew up in Virginia Beach, and said this:
“We stand alone in the amount of gun violence. It is an epidemic in this country. ”But the numbers may tell a different story.
In one study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, the United States actually ranked 66th among other world nations when it came to the frequency mass public shootings per capita.
And when just comparing European countries with the United States and Canada, the U.S. ranked 12th in a comparative study between 2009-2015.
There are many places in Europe that have higher death rates per capita then the United States: France, Russia Finland, Norway, Switzerland are just some of the countries that have much higher death rates than we do, “ said John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center.Some have been critical of Lott’s interpretation of the data. Additionally, some of this country’s largest and most deadly shootings occurred after 2015. And many gun control advocates saying the focus should remain on the particular challenges faced in this country, which reportedly has more guns than people. . . .
The rest of the news story is available here.
Among the news outlets that covered our research are: CBS Channel 12 WPEC (West Palm Beach, Florida), June 5, 2019; Fox Channel 26 KMPH (Fresno, California), June 5, 2019; KEYE TV CBS (Austin, Texas), June 5, 2019; KTXS ABC TV Channel 12 (Abilene, Texas), June 5, 2019; WACH Fox Channel 57 (Columbia, SC), June 5, 2019; WDKY Fox Television Channel 56 (Lexington, Kentucky), June 5, 2019; ABC 33/40 (Birmingham, Alabama) June5, 2019; WOAI NBC News Channel 4 (San Antonio, Texas) June 5, 2019; WTTE Fox Television Channel 28 (Columbus, Ohio) June 5, 2019; KRNV NBC TV Channel 4 (Reno, Nevada) June 5, 2019; WJLA ABC TV Channel 7 (Washington, D.C.) June 5, 2019; WHAM ABC Channel 13 (Rochester, New York) June 5, 2019; KATV ABC Channel 7 (Little Rock, Arkansas) June 5, 2019; WVAH Fox TV Channel 11 (Charleston, WV) June 5, 2019; KFOX Fox Television Channel 14 (El Paso, Texas), June 5, 2019; WBFF Fox TV Channel 45 (Baltimore, Maryland) June 5, 2019; KBTV Fox Channel 4 (Beaumont, Texas) June 5, 2019; WEYI NBC Channel 25 ( Saginaw, Michigan) June 5, 2019; WUHF Fox Rochester (Rochester, NY) June 5, 2019; KBAK Fox Channel 58 (Bakersfield, California) June 5, 2019; KABB Fox TN Channel 29 (San Antonio, Texas) June 5, 2019; WCYB NBC Channel 5 (Bristol, Virginia) June 5, 2019; KTVL CBS Channel 10 (Medford, Oregon) June 5, 2019; WCIV ABC Channel 4 (Charleston, South Carolina) June 5, 2019; KBOI CBS Channel 2 (Boise, Idaho) June 5, 2019; WGFL CBS Channel 4 (Gainesville, Florida) June 5, 2019; KHQA CBS/ABC Channel 7 (Hannibal, Missouri) June 5, 2019; KSNV NBC Channel 3 (Las Vegas, Nevada) June 5, 2019; WOLF Fox Channel 56 (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) June 5, 2019; WZTV Fox Channel 17 (Nashville, Tennessee) June 5, 2019; KVAL CBS Channel 13 (Eugene, Oregon) June 5, 2019; WTOV Fox Channel 9 (Steubenville, Ohio) June 5, 2019; KOMO ABC Channel 4 (Seattle, Washington) June 5, 2019; KGBT CBS Channel 4 (Rio Grande Valley, Texas) June 5, 2019; WGXA ABC Channel 16 & FOX Channel 24 ( Macon, Georgia) June 5, 2019; WEAR ABC TV Channel 3 (Pensacola, Florida), June 5, 2019; KRCR ABC TV Channel 7 (Redding, CA), June 5, 2019; WWMT CBS Television Channel 3 (Kalamazoo, Michigan), June 5, 2019; WGME CBS Channel 13 (Portland, Maine), June 5, 2019; WTVC ABC Channel 9 (Chattanooga, Tennessee)