Sunday, July 31, 2016

We adjust for population with murder rates. Why not for mass shootings? - LA Times

The rate at which people were killed was virtually the same: 0.083 per million people in the EU versus 0.089 per million people in the U.S. But the injury rate in the EU was more than twice as high: 0.19 versus 0.087.

If you compare the U.S. to individual countries in Europe over the same time period, the U.S. had the 11th highest fatality rate. Because of Anders Breivik’s 2011 attack at a summer camp, Norway had the top spot — 1.9 per million people per year. This rate was 21 times higher than that of the U.S. But other advanced countries such as France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic also came in above the U.S.


Important study. I can't believe it hasn't been done before, though maybe it has.

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Can't be right. Does he mean 0.083 per million per annum?

After that you have the problem of definitions, which plagues all international comparisons of everything.

Maybe the gist of it is right, though.

Hang on, it's mass shootings. So no Nice, no 9/11, no Boston bombers, no IRA bombings, etc. Why exclude them?

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 31, 2016 1:41:41 PM

I've looked at the original now. It was a quick scan to see whether there were gross differences. My remaining reservation is that the time period is too short given how rare these events are. But not a bad first shot. Sorry, first try.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 31, 2016 1:48:24 PM