Fact Checker Snopes.com’s big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe
Crime Prevention Research Center
Snopes.com fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016. They wrote: “Our conclusion is that this is accurate based on the CPRC’s definition of a mass shooting, but also extremely misleading. It uses inappropriate statistical methods to obscure the reality that mass shootings are very rare in most countries, so that when they do happen they have an outsized statistical effect.”
They made two general points: questioning our definition of mass public shootings and that we obscure how rare these attacks are in European countries.