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Forums - Politics Discussion - New study: US does not have 31% of mass shooter, closer to 1.5%

You have heard the bogus claim that the US has 31% of all global mass shootings (with 5% of the world's population so 6x overrepresented), even though the US has a below average homicide rate compared to the rest of the world.

This number comes from a study by Adam Lankford and was widely cited even by Obama but never questioned even though it is absurd on its face considering the high amount of shootings and terror in the world. (There is a side issue that it hides non-gun related mass homicides like the car rammings in Europe or airplane terror attacks.)

Intentional homicide rate by country, as an example Mexico has 7x the murder rate of the US

How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average

New paper:

Lankford's original study:

Lankford's study was anti-scientific garbage, no data sources are given for the global number of shootings, he dodges debates and refuses to defend his methods which is a core requirement for any scientific study.

Lankford claims to have “complete” data on such shooters in 171 countries. However, because he has neither identified the cases nor their location nor even a complete description on how he put the cases together, it is impossible to replicate his findings. [= scientific garbage]

Lankford’s study reported that from 1966 to 2012, there were 90 public mass shooters in the United States and 202 in the rest of world. We find that Lankford’s data represent a gross undercount of foreign attacks. Our list contains 1,448 attacks and at least 3,081 shooters outside the United States over just the last 15 years of the period that Lankford examined. We find at least fifteen times more mass public shooters than Lankford in less than a third the number of years.

Even when we use coding choices that are most charitable to Lankford, his 31 percent estimate of the US’s share of world mass public shooters is cut by over 95 percent.  By our count, the US makes up less than 1.43% of the mass public shooters, 2.11% of their murders, and 2.88% of their attacks.

Lott raised alarm bells that Lankford... did not do diligent research and refused to be transparent about his work, including not sharing his paper with others as he started his media blitz tour promoting the study in 2015... “Here’s an amazing thing, [Lankford] refuses to provide his list of cases, he refuses to explain exactly how he got it.

Lankford declined an interview request about his study and told Fox News in an email that he’s “not interested in giving any serious thought to John Lott or his claims.”

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Sure there are countries that are far more dangerous then the USA but that being said the USA is nowhere near being one of the the safest countries in the world.

$1000 says that they're comparing 2 different things.
I assume Adam Lankford only considers what we typically think of as mass shootings,, some lone person going out and shooting people for some warped reason
the other study probably just considers all shootings, eg war,crime etc

Do you consider if someone go's and robs a bank and shoots 3 people dead a mass shooting? Or a father shooting his wife and children.
Yes they are mass shootings but not really in the sense most people use it as

Also why is the USA much darker color in that map than every other country in Europe, Sure its safer than africa and Latin america but surely you want to compare against similar countries

I'm just going to agree with this study and not bother looking into it any further.

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Why the sudden uprise of threads like this?? no matter what different studies says US gunlaws are freaking stupid. it worked in 18th century but not now.

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The US citizens are going to need even more guns for self protection soon. With more than 50% of boys growing up without a father, there is soon to be a mass part of society with no self control or discipline. Every inner city will be like Chicago in the next 10 or so years. And some of the minor towns too.

First of all, anyone who seriously thinks living in the US is more dangerous than most third-world countries is fooling themselves, probably because they have an agenda they desperately want to believe.

Speaking of agendas, however, a quick look at that source seems to indicate that it has its own, which makes it untrustworthy. It seems to be a pro-gun propaganda group masquerading as a "CRIME PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTER." The author of the report (and president of this group) is a pro-gun advocate and writer for Fox News who has drawn criticism for his research relative to gun laws.

Don't take this study at face value, either.

GProgrammer said:
Also why is the USA much darker color in that map than every other country in Europe, Sure its safer than africa and Latin america but surely you want to compare against similar countries

The colors on the map are based on the intentional murder rate in the country... the more intentional murder... the darker the color...

and what about when comparing just first world countries?