Hey Obama! Gun violence isn’t just a U.S. thing

Memorial Flowers
Memorial Flowers

In the wake of the Charleston, SC shootings that killed 9 people at a church Bible study, President Obama came out and said this about gun violence,

“This type of mass-violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”

We’re gonna need a fact-check on that one. How about this one from the Huffington Post in 2012 dating back to 1966. Here’s the first few:

__ July 20, 2012: At least 12 people are killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colo., movie theater

_ July 22, 2011: Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks

_ Nov. 5, 2009: Thirteen soldiers and civilians were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a gunman walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened fire.

_ April 30, 2009: Farda Gadyrov, 29, enters the prestigious Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in the capital, Baku, armed with an automatic pistol and clips. He kills 12 people before killing himself as police close in.

_ March 10, 2009: Michael McLendon, 28, killed 10 people – including his mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff’s deputy – across two rural Alabama counties. He then killed himself.

_ Sept. 23, 2008: Matti Saari, 22, walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before shooting himself fatally in the head.

_ Nov. 7, 2007: After revealing plans for his attack in YouTube postings, 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen fires kills eight people at his high school in Tuusula, Finland.

Notice… these are not all US incidents. And, of course, there are other shootings left out of this list because it was produced in 2012. The massacre at Charlie Hebdo in France and the Sandy Hook Elementary school in New Jersey come to mind.

See the full list here.

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