On June 18–the day after the heinous attack in which nine were killed at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church–President Obama said, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
On June 26, the world woke up to news of one person attacked and beheaded in a French factory and 37 gunned down at a Tunisia resort.
The beheading took place in Grenoble, France, where two men rammed the factory with a car, then set off explosives. One individual was then beheaded and his head placed on a fence.
In Tunisia, at least 37 tourists were gunned down, including five Britons. The incident happened as “Islamic terrorists reportedly ‘shot people on sunbeds’ along a beach packed with western holidaymakers at the popular holiday resort.”
Again, on June 18, President Obama said, “Mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” Yet even prior to the news of today’s beheading and the resort attack in Tunisia, Obama’s statement flew in the face of terrible, violent acts that had already taken place in countries like France, Denmark, and Norway.
For example, in Paris on January 7, two men completely ignored “restrictive” French gun controls and killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo headquarters. On February 14/15, a man ignored Denmark’s gun controls and attacked in Copenhagen, shooting and killing two civilians and wounding five others. And on November 18, 2013, there was firearm-related attack on the daily French newspaper Liberation.
Obama also overlooked one of the biggest massacre’s ever–the July 22, 2011 attack in which Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people with a bomb in Oslo, Norway, then shot and killed 69 people at a youth camp in Utoya. CBSNews reported that Breivik’s ultimate goal had been to “kill all 600″ people attending the camp.
It should be noted, these attacks notwithstanding, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) echoed Obama’s sentiment on June 23 by suggesting the United States is the “only advanced country” where public “mass violence” occurs.
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