It appears another leftist talking point has bit the dust.
After the tragic massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, Democratic politicians and pundits tried to argue for sweeping gun control reform with the claim that the United States was the “only” country where such mass shootings occur.
Typical was a headline from the news satire website The Onion, which after Uvalde posted “No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”
Maybe someone should tell them about Owo, Nigeria.
Per CNN: “A church in southwestern Nigeria became the site of a bloody attack on Sunday, according to local lawmakers. Attackers stormed into the church in the city of Owo and began ‘shooting sporadically,’ Adeyemi Olayemi, the legislator representing the Owo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly, told CNN.”
“At least 28 people were killed, Olayemi said.”
“They killed many people inside the church,” Olayemi told CNN, in reference to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Al Jazeera later reported that at least 50 people had been shot dead. “Among the dead were many children,” the network noted, as “gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives.”
The motive for the massacre was unclear.
Sunday was the Catholic celebration of Pentecost, the day Catholics consider the church’s “birthday” because it marks the moment Christ’s disciples received the Holy Spirit.
Gov. Arakunrin Akeredolu, leader of the Nigerian state of Ondo, said on Twitter the shooting was a “vile and satanic attack (that) is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.”
According to CNN, the governor added that his government would “commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay.”
He also said, “I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I have equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom.”
Of course, the line that America is the only place that sees gun violence on the scale of Buffalo or Uvalde was simply a lie.
Just across the border, on the same day as Uvalde, more than a dozen gunmen opened fire in two bars in the town of Celaya, killing 11 people, including eight women.
That attack came about two months after gunmen shot up a place in the town of Las Tinajas and killed 20 people, including an American woman from Chicago. A month earlier, in the Mexican town of San Jose de Gracia, 17 people were killed at a funeral wake.
Also in March, a Palestinian gunman in Tel Aviv killed at least five Israeli citizens, including a cop who tried to engage him, in a drive-by shooting.
In fact, Bloomberg News, owned by one of the biggest gun control champions around, noted that this was not a uniquely American problem in reporting on mass shootings after Uvalde.
“In reality,” Bloomberg reported, “gun violence is a huge issue in many other countries—just none that the US would consider a peer. … The gun homicide rate is high in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.”
In other words, racist white liberals ignore the violence among the black and brown parts of the world to try to shame the United States as singularly violent and in need of adopting stringent gun control.