Quote: Originally Posted by #juan
I wonder why the richest country in the world has more murders than most. Seems to me the murder rate is an indication of how civilized the country is.
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The United States has serious problems with poverty, large unstable inner cities, boys raised without fathers as a cultural norm, gangsta culture itself.......
To make the point that gun control has little to do with it, I would use the example of Louisianna, where gun control is a very dirty word. Louisianna has by far the worst murder rate in The United States.......12.4 per 100,000 per year average in the fice years between 2003 and 2007. No other state comes close to this murder rate.
But, let's go north, to the land of stringent gun control........where Nunavut, in the five years between 2003 and 2007, celebrated an average murder rate of 11.9 per 100,000 per year.....higher than 49 out of 50 states.
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I once did a comparison of the northwestern USA and Canada.....I looked for states with lax gun laws, just across the border from Canada (similar culures, demographics) with roughly comparable populations. What I found surprized me........murder rates in the pistol-packing US west (practically no gun control, "assault" rifles and 30 round mags A-OK, everybody's got a .45 pistol, and are allowed to carry it) were lower than the murder rates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta............not only that, but the rates in the NW USA showed a downward trend, while in good ole "let's be gunless 'cause we're so morally superior to Yanks" Canada the murder rate was higher.....and rising.
Inner cities in the USA, where gun laws are often very tough, blow their murder rates way out of proportion.
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