MP Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) used the recent shootings at a Copenhagen mall as proof that strict gun control laws don’t work. However, she failed to point out that it was Denmark’s first mass shooting in seven years.
There were more mass shootings in the United States last weekend.
“There was just a mass shooting in Denmark, a country with some of the toughest gun laws in Europe. Time to admit gun laws do NOT stop mass shootings!” tweeted the Republican gun nut who once had her kids pose with assault rifles for a Christmas picture.
A gunman killed three people and injured four others in a shopping center in the Danish capital last Sunday. Police said the suspected 22-year-old gunman had mental health problems and was armed with a rifle when he was arrested.
Denmark has one of the strictest gun laws in Europe. Firearm ownership licenses are typically only available for hunting or sport shooting after the purchaser has passed a background check. There is an almost total ban on automatic weapons and carrying guns in public is prohibited. The last mass shooting in the country was in 2015, when two people and the gunman were killed in a terrorist attack.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the US suffered several mass shootings over the weekend of July 4th, including one at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago that left six dead. This year in the US there have been more than 300 mass shootings – incidents in which 4 or more people were shot or killed.
Critics immediately shredded Boebert’s argument:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.