Is America the only place?

February 16, 2018

A cliché has arisen among those who are trying to politicize tragic school shootings like the one this week in Florida by blaming guns, Republicans, the NRA or the Second Amendment, that America is the “only place where this happens.” Just five minutes on Wikipedia turned up this, from a list of the top 15 deadliest school massacres in history:

Dunblane Primary School, Scotland (17 killed); Erfurt, Germany (16); Winnenden and Wendlingen, Germany (15); Montreal, Canada (14); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (12); Baku, Azerbaijan (12); Shiguan, China (12); Volkhoven, West Germany (10); Kauhajoki, Finland (10).

In addition, the top 15 deadliest lone wolf attacks with religious connotations include only one in the US, the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando (49 killed) at #3. The 15 worst workplace massacres have four in the US, including the Fort Hood shooting at #5, which might also be considered a religiously-motivated terrorist attack. And this doesn’t even get into mass casualty attacks involving other weapons, such as the shrapnel bombs at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 23 and injured 500.


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None of this is to downplay the tragedy or horror of these obscene attacks, just to point out that it’s ludicrous to think that if only America had more gun laws, it would prevent everyone bent on mass murder from finding a way to do it. There are any number of weapons that can kill, and any number of sick people able to obtain them, even in countries with strict anti-gun laws. The root cause is the nihilistic mentality of the shooters. If we’re ever going to stop reliving this nightmare over and over, we have to do a better job of identifying and countering that, and become more realistic about providing security at the places they target.

In Florida, the shooter was known to be a threat by teachers, administrators, classmates and anyone who saw his disturbing social media posts. He might as well have been waving a red flag reading “Potential mass killer.” Yet only one person called the FBI, to report a threatening YouTube vide comment left under his name. The FBI had his unique name but say they couldn’t verify it was him (are they seriously claiming that a web search of that name – whether his own or an identical one – didn’t lead them to his scary Instagram posts, from which they should have realized they needed to pay him a visit?)


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The attempt to use these dead and wounded children, and the heroic adults who shielded them, as tools to promote a political agenda is reprehensible. I could make an equally strong case that such conscienceless atrocities stem from the fact that kids are no longer taught respect for the sanctity of life, that there is something bigger than themselves, or that violent actions have devastating, real-world consequences; and demand a return of prayer in schools along with new laws limiting abortion, violent video games and social media for minors. I do believe that those actions would be far more effective than trying to ban certain guns. But I refuse to exploit the death of children to promote them.

The lack of respect for human life is a growing problem worldwide, and it’s the real reason why this does NOT “only happen in America.” There are a lot of other bogus statistics being bandied about as well, and commentators such as Ben Shapiro and Steven Crowder have done an excellent job of explaining how they’ve been distorted. If you’d like a quick primer in how figures lie and liars figure, click the link.

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Comments 1-19 of 19

  • Michael Brannick

    03/14/2018 12:14 AM

    You might find this article about school attacks interesting: http://www.marquetinternational.com/pdf/12_deadliest_school_attacks_in_us_history.pdf

    #1 Bath School Massacre: no firearms were used,
    #2 VA Tech: No rifles were used, AR or otherwise.
    #3 Newtown: 2 handguns, a Glock 9mm and Sig Sauer 9 mm as well as a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.
    #4 Texas Tower: Killer used "several HIGH POWERED rifles," not ARs.
    #5 (Columbine) Killers used homemade bombs, 9mm pistol, and a shotgun
    #6 California State Fullerton: 1 semiautomatic 22 rifle
    #7 Oikos University: 1 semiautomatic 45pistol
    #8 Red Lake Senior High School: 1 22 pistol, a .40 caliber Glock 23 pistol and a Remington 870 12 gauge pump-action shotgun
    #9 Northern Illinois University: three handguns, a knife, and a 12 gauge Remington Sportsman 48 shotgun. Shotgun is the only one he used according to the listing.
    #10 University of Iowa: a .38-caliber REVOLVER
    #11 West Nickel Mines School: a Springfield XD 9mm handgun, a Browning 12 gauge shotgun, and a Ruger .30-06 bolt-action rifle
    #12 Cleveland Elementary School: an AK-47

    But didn't Ex-Mayor Bloomberg's minions say school killers all use "assault weapons?" TWO of these killers used rifles the gun confiscators claim ALL school killers use.

  • gene gaertner

    02/22/2018 01:38 PM

    Your comment being said: add this to the message to the FBI: If they had been spending as much time and resources on investigating the leads to the shooter of the Florida school killings, as they are doing to the political witch hunt of Trump, (wasting a lot of money and man power), then the shooting might have been prevented; Why did they have to "verify" the name they had, why not institute a detailed investigation immediately. Too busy playing politics, as evidenced by your report of the number of Dems, Libs on the Mueller, Team;
    keep after them Governor;

  • Jan Hoover

    02/21/2018 07:21 AM

    According to The Guardian of July 20, 2017, gun crimes in the UK (considered to have some of the strictest gun controls in the world) had risen 23%. However, knife crimes had risen by 20%. Two things stand out here: gun bans did not stop a steep rise. They are always available illegally if someone really wants one. And if a gun is not available a knife (or anything else) will be used. This seems to be a problem of what is going on in people's hearts. If murder is in the heart, lack of legally obtainable guns won't be a deterrent. People are being fed a steady diet of hatred through today's media. There is where the real problem lies.

  • Stephen Russell

    02/20/2018 04:20 PM

    More shootings here due to Our Gun Free zones & acess to Guns vs worldwide.
    Rare for overseas alone I admit.
    Need Uniform background checks for gun buyers.
    X ref with PD ,FBI files.
    Check Medical Psych history if any.
    Probe home & school life

  • Glen Mitchell

    02/19/2018 01:47 PM

    I don't disagree with your posting, but I think you need to look a little deeper into the stories. For example the one in England happened in
    1996 and killed 17, but after that there was action. All weapons capable of mass murder were banned and it seemed to have improved. The same thing has happened in Canada and all guns must be registered. I am retired and I work with high school students on leadership programs. There are kids from many ethnic backgrounds and they show a lot of concern for people of all backgrounds which is more than I can say for a lot of adults

  • robert del

    02/18/2018 01:58 PM

    Mike, one thing your omitting is how many spree killings have been committed with knives. There have multiple incidents, one with the death exceeding 20 (!), but NONE in the USA.

  • Cathy Kilminster

    02/18/2018 10:33 AM

    The organization putting out this information is lying. I could be wrong, but I think it the same organization funded by Bloomberg, who was the former mayor of New York. He is very wealthy and is putting his money into trying to get people elected who will opt for gun control. Of course, he is surrounded by people carrying guns to protect him. When he gives up his security detail, then maybe we will think about gun control. What he should be focusing on is the family. How many of these kids grow up without fathers or no parental supervision. The kid in Florida was an orphan who needed mental help, but he fell through the cracks. Even the FBI fell through the cracks. Guess they were too busy trying to prove Trump was guilty of collusion with the Russians or the agents having affairs. I hope their mates divorced those two sleazy rats.

  • Pastor Daniel Kline

    02/18/2018 09:36 AM

    The Wikipedia list of school shootings fails to list any of the school shot up by Muslim terrorists. My close neighbor farmed a 19th generation farm in Croatia. His brother was administrator in the local Catholic school. His wife and sister-in-law were teachers. His four children and 5 nieces and nephews were among the nearly 30 students. His father was custodian. My neighbor Peter was in a distant field and did not hear the gunshots and screams. The only survivor was a kindergarten nephew who hid in a cabinet. Peter and his mother and nephew fled and eventually came to the US. Peter and his nephew are no US citizens, hard working and Peter now owns his home and business debt free. They are a wonderful American Success Story. But they have a sorrowful loneliness. Such school shootings are not on the list.

  • Bruce Probert

    02/17/2018 09:27 PM

    Schools shouldn't be soft targets Sandy Hook could have been prevented had the principle been armed especially with her assistant as well. Their courageous deaths confronting the shooter might stopped the killings or maybe they both would have survived. Had the unarmed security at Parkland been armed maybe he would have been able to stop the gunman. We are not lacking in courage, we aren't giving them a chance to fight back, we are forcing them to be victims. When we are faced with an armed intruder the only way we can avoid being a victim is by being the better predator, by being at least as well armed, because police response is minutes away. How many trigger pulls is that? count them and that's how many people that can be wounded or die. The choice is clear shall we be Free Americans or shall we submit to being victims and beg our government to shield us from ourselves at the cost of our freedom?????

  • Bruce Probert

    02/17/2018 09:06 PM

    Schools shouldn't be soft targets Sandy Hook could have been prevented had the principle been armed especially with her assistant as well. Their courageous deaths confronting the shooter might stopped the killings or maybe they both would have survived. Had the unarmed security at Parkland been armed maybe he would have been able to stop the gunman. We are not lacking in courage, we aren't giving them a chance to fight back, we are forcing them to be victims. When we are faced with an armed intruder the only way we can avoid being a victim is by being the better predator, by being at least as well armed, because police response is minutes away. How many trigger pulls is that? count them and that's how many people that can be wounded or die. The choice is clear shall we be Free Americans or shall we submit to being victims and beg our government to shield us from ourselves at the cost of our freedom?????

  • Mary Westcott

    02/17/2018 04:51 PM

    Thank you for taking a look at the real issues behind the violence we are witnessing. I would add that in a culture where unbridled passion is celebrated and self discipline is scorned, it is no wonder that we see anger and violence taking a greater hold on our people. There are some things that could be legislated as you mention, but our citizens also have a responsibility to boycott retail outlets, theaters, TV networks, and video merchants that sell violent materials. Parents will have to protect electronic devices so that these kinds of materials are not accessible to our children and family members via the internet. Even more importantly as you mentioned, is the sad state of affairs where we cannot invite our students to invoke protection from God, or display the ten commandments in our classrooms. We are seeing the tragic results because we cannot agree as a nation that the 10 commandments provide a common moral code that is of benefit to all people.

  • Darline Brundage

    02/17/2018 04:07 PM

    Yes, I did hear that democratic politician make the comment that no were else in the world has there ever been a school shooting than the United States. I knew it was wrong because I remember hearing there was one in Germany. It is hard to believe people are so gullible. Thanks for the statistics, I did not know where to go to get them. j
    Very INTERESTING.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    02/17/2018 01:56 PM

    If the MSM started reporting more of the killings around the world, by methods other than guns, it would put into perspective the stats the liberals so love to quote. If tallied up, beheadings, crucifixions, stonings, bombings, torture, chemical poisoning, plane crashes and throwing victims off buildings would far outweigh the deaths perpetrated by shooting. But of course, this fact is an inconvenient truth to the liberal narrative.

  • raymond smeal

    02/17/2018 11:59 AM

    Once again, after this terrible shooting in Florida, the first thing we hear is more gun control. That will never stop these terrible acts. I believe we need to control what people, and especially the younger generation are having driven into thier minds by the murder movies coming out of Hollywood, that show all kinds of weapons being used to kill. Also, the video games they play where players hunt down and try to kill each other. With minds being bombarded with this trash, what are we to expect. I know we can really expect things to just get worse. Guns don't do the killing, it's the MIND that controls the finger to pull the trigger. People need to be taught the sanctity of life. ex: Thou shalt not kill. Now I wonder where that came from????????

  • Leona Lucas

    02/17/2018 10:55 AM

    Why aren't schools locked when classes start? Then these shooters couldn't get in. The same thing applies to churches. Lock the doors when the service starts. I know of 2 churches in my hometown who lock the doors when the service starts. Having someone responsible inside with a gun wouldn't hurt.

  • Joseph Stokes

    02/17/2018 10:42 AM

    Yes: you would think from American left wing media that America was only place in world with loose gun laws encouraging shootings.

  • Joseph Stokes

    02/17/2018 10:41 AM

    Yes: you would think from American left wing media that America was only place in world with loose gun laws encouraging shootings.

  • Don Morgan

    02/17/2018 10:15 AM

    It is truly sad that the shootings happened and my most sincere prayers go out to all those affected. Has anyone ever looked into the number of annual alcohol related deaths? The cost to the American economy from alcoholism and DUI related deaths, domestic violence and assaults involving alcohol is a far higher annual gun death toll I would guess. The 2 reasons this is never addressed is (1.) most politicians are drunks and (2.) BIG money for the politicians coffers. I have never understood why people have to use alcohol and most often to excess to feel like they are enhancing an event that the next day they don't remember. As a retired police officer I can't count the number of times that alcohol had a part in some of the most senseless and violent crimes I encountered

  • Mary Corey

    02/17/2018 09:17 AM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee! Well written. But I enjoy and learn from all of your writings. I appreciate your intelligent insights in bringing truth to the forefront. And about your Sarah.....that acorn did not fall far from the tree. I am in awe of her strength in her demeanor in handling any situation she faces. I appreciate her so much. I applaud her at every situation I view her taking control of some prickly situations. I see brilliance. I am thankful! God is so good!