No less than the chief executive of the United States admitted that gun violence had led to more deaths in the country compared to France, Japan and even Israel.
In a scathing post on Twitter, President Barack Obama said gun violence in the land of the free is far worse than that of other developed nations.
Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) June 21, 2015
Mr Obama then followed it with another message. “Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough. It’s time we do something about this.”
The leader of the free world released the statement days after a racist attack killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The victims, mostly African-American, were downed by a white gunman.
Mr Obama blasted the attack, saying such pathetic actions do not even happen in other advanced countries.
In a survey published by The Guardian in 2012, it was determined the U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, with an average of 88 per 100,000 people.
A report by portal Jewish Press says it is ironic that the U.S., through Mr Obama and his predecessors, “have always known how to fix the Middle East while their domestic problems spin out of control.”
The report further goes that in Israel, the lone Middle East country cited by Mr Obama as comparison in his Twitter post, gun violence only happens when authorities need to defend the country against terrorists. “In Israel, tens of thousands of people walk around with guns, most of them soldiers, licensed guards or members of first response teams, with virtually no incidents except when shooting at terrorists.”
In Israel, it is difficult to get a gun license because the country has very restrictive gun laws, the report says. Unlike in the U.S. where one doesn’t need to conceal s/he has a weapon.
Mr Obama’s reaction to the Charleston gun rampage:
Source: YouTube/ Mother Jones