Of 20 deadliest school killings in history, how many are in U.S.?
On a phone call with MSNBC’s Willie Geist on “Morning Joe,” Donald Trump made several comments about the shooting in Oregon.
The primary point he was making is that if a sick and deranged individual wants to commit murder, current laws on the books and even new laws on the books will not necessarily stop them.
This is part of what he said:
“Well first of all, you have very strong laws on the books. But you’re always going to have problems. I mean, we have millions and millions of people. We have millions of sick people all over the world.”
Trump significantly erred with one assertion he did make, however, with regard to the uniqueness of school shootings in the United States.
This was the comment:
“It can happen all over the world. And it does happen all over the world, by the way, but this is sort of unique to this country, the school shootings, and you’re going to have difficulty no matter what.”
President Obama made similar claims earlier this week and has said before“we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
School shootings are not unique to the United States. In terms of death the toll, 13 of the largest 20 school shootings occurred elsewhere. Here’s a list:
Furthermore, as far as mass shootings overall around the world, the United States isn’t even in the top five.