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Norway, Finland Top List For Most Per Capita Fatalities In 2013 Rampage Shooting Index

Norway, Finland Top List For Most Per Capita Fatalities In 2013 Rampage Shooting Index

Rampage Shooting Index

Rampage Shooting Index

USA --(Ammoland.com)- Version 2.1 of the Rampage Shooting Index (RSI) was released today and is available for review at rampageshooting.com.

The crowd-sourced compendium of international media reports tracks incidences of rampage and spree shootings across the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The current version covers the time period 2008 through 2012 and notes the following facts and trends:

  • The five nations suffering the most per capita fatalities from rampage shootings in the OECD were Norway, Finland, Slovakia, Israel and Belgium. Of 34 tracked nations, 17 saw at least one rampage shooting fatality, while the other 17 saw none.
  • Seven of the ten nations suffering the most per capita fatalities as a result of rampage shootings during the qualifying time period had more psychiatrists, per capita, than the OECD average.
  • Eight of the ten nations suffering the most fatalities as a result of rampage shootings during the qualifying time period had a per capita, Gross National Income (GNI) higher than the OECD average.

Two-thirds of the 15 nations suffering the most fatalities as a result of rampage shootings during the qualifying time period had more overall World Cup appearances than the OECD average. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the 15 nations suffering the least fatalities had fewer overall World Cup appearances than the OECD average.

All sources used to compile the Rampage Shooting Index are provided, online, at rampageshooting.com to allow researchers and journalists the ability to independently verify the RSI’s statistics. Because the RSI uses a crowd-sourced media audit to compile incidences of rampage shootings, members of the public are strongly encouraged to submit reports to the RSI for inclusion in the compendium.

After review, reports of qualified incidents are immediately added to both the RSI’s master compendium and tabled statistical index. For more information on the RSI’s collection and assessment methodology – as well as the current version of the compendium and tabled statistical index – visit rampageshooting.com.

About the Rampage Shooting Index
The Rampage Shooting Index (RSI) tracks incidences of rampage, or spree, shootings in the 34 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The RSI collects and analyzes media reports of firearms attacks and applies a five-part criteria to determine if an incident meets a common definition of a “rampage shooting.” The RSI is updated annually to cover the preceding, five-year period. The RSI is an independent research project not affiliated with the OECD. Visit: www.rampageshooting.com

  • 5 User comments to “Norway, Finland Top List For Most Per Capita Fatalities In 2013 Rampage Shooting Index”

    1. There are several problems with this analysis, but the biggest problem is that you are comparing a country with a very large population (the U.S.) to countries with very small populations. Norway and Finland are statistical anomalies in this case because they each happen to have experienced one case of rampage shooting in the past four years. For a country with a small population, it only takes one incident of shooting to skew the average.

      So while this analysis is mathematically correct, it is extremely selective in it’s use of data, and should not be used to draw any sweeping conclusions with respect to gun control.

    2. A more “selective” use of data would be to just use the number of people killed and wounded without considering the overall population, or without considering the number of firearms in that country, or the percentage of the population that own/carry weapons.

    3. justathinker on January 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM said:

      Statistically, we should ban the World Cup.

    4. “Norway and Finland are statistical anomalies in this case because they each happen to have experienced one case of rampage shooting in the past four years. For a country with a small population, it only takes one incident of shooting to skew the average.”

      Incorrect – Finland has experienced three incidents in the last four years. If you go back further, Finland experiences regular incidences of school shootings particularly. Norway could be correctly dismissed by your logic, however, the alternate extreme you propose – raw totals – is meaningless. Per capita measurement is the method by which two things of different sizes can be meaningfully compared.

    5. What this ridiculous chart doesn’t show is that the Norway shooting was ONE incident in four years, while here in the US, we have a couple of shootings a day.

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