Interesting selection of countries. Especially since it doesn’t seem to prove that making guns difficult to get is a sure-fire way to reduce homicides.
Here are the homicide rates for all of the countries in the NYT article:
- South Africa: 31.00/100,000
- Brazil: 25.20/100,000
- Mexico: 21.50/100,000
- Russia: 9.20/100,000
- Yemen: 4.80/100,000
- United States: 4.70/100,000
- India: 3.50/100,000
- Israel: 1.80/100,000
- Canada: 1.60/100,000
- Australia: 1.10/100,000
- Britain: 1.00/100,000
- China: 1.00/100,000
- Austria: 0.90/100,000
- Germany: 0.80/100,000
- Japan: 0.30/100,000
Being lazy tonight, I just used numbers from Worldatlas. But I did compare them to the 2016 stats from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Systems data for 2017.
In Brazil, the violence is so widespread and the police are so overwhelmed and/or apathetic that people are actually forming lynch mobs and delivering justice that way. The country’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, recently announced he would relax the country’s restrictions on firearms to allow citizens to defend themselves. Sounds like those strict gun laws have worked out well for them.
And Brazil’s only #2 in the rankings.
And how about our neighbor to the south? The one where the murder rate is 4.5 times higher than the U.S.
Russia? Nearly double.
If you average the homicide rates of these 15 nations, you get a rate of 7.23 homicides per 100,000 population. That’s almost 54% higher than the U.S.
There’s also the inconvenient fact that Great Britain, having effectively banned handguns and heavily restricted almost all other firearms, has seen such an increase in knife violence that the country has imposed significant restrictions on those. Fewer murders than the U.S. but twice the rate of violent crime. Plus Great Britain always has had a low rate of gun murders compared to the U.S.
Out of 216 nations in the world, firearm-happy America ranks 111th in terms of homicide rate. That’s right, we’re just inside the bottom half.
FYI: The world homicide rate is 8.7/100,000.
For a nation with 400 million guns, I have to say we look pretty damn good.
Since I doubt any of the authors of this particular piece of tripe owns a gun, I am not sure how they managed to shoot themselves in the foot. Nonetheless, they managed to do it.