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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:44 PM

Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country

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Source: The Washington Post - World News

The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 27, including 20 children, is already generating the same conversation that every mass shooting in America generates: Why are there so many shootings?

One piece of this puzzle is the national rate of firearm-related murders, which is charted above. The United States has by far the highest per capita rate of all developed countries. According to data compiled by the United Nations, the United States has four times as many gun-related homicides per capita as do Turkey and Switzerland, which are tied for third. The U.S. gun murder rate is about 20 times the average for all other countries on this chart. That means that Americans are 20 times as likely to be killed by a gun than is someone from another developed country.

The above chart measures data for the nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which includes all Western countries plus Turkey, Israel, Chile, Japan, and South Korea. I did not include Mexico, which has about triple the U.S. rate due in large part to the ongoing drug war.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/14/chart-the-u-s-has-far-more-gun-related-killings-than-any-other-developed-country/?wprss=rss_world



What do you make of it? We've heard it before, but here it is again in living color.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:48 PM

1. Who says the US is a developed country? Seems the opposite sometimes.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:49 PM

2. We are free to not be alive anymore

Why do you hate that?

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:54 PM

3. They left out Mexico? Because it didn't fit the message that they wanted to send.

That's not data, that's propaganda and lies.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

4. " I did not include Mexico, which has about triple the U.S. rate due in large part to the ongoing

drug war."

And including Mexico does what exactly to make us look better?

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:02 AM

5. Took about 15 seconds of reading to find this in the accompanying text...

"I did not include Mexico, which has about triple the U.S. rate due in large part to the ongoing drug war.

The rate in several developing countries, particularly in Latin America, is significantly higher. Honduras, which has been called the murder capital of the world, has an average firearm murder rate thatís about 20 times Americaís. But make no mistake: For a rich, developed country, the U.S. gun-related homicide rate is very, very high."

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:02 AM

6. Propaganda & lies that other developed countries have fewer shootings than we do in the USA?

That's what I think you're saying? Are you serious?

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:21 AM

9. No, you are deluding yourself.

Mexico has a specific mass war going on based on drugs and weapons. That puts it out of the normal statistical spectrum.

The Latin American countries mentioned have a massively weaponized public therefore they are also out of the statistical spectrum.

Of the countries mentioned in the chart, the farther left you go, the more gun controls, the farther right, less gun control. You can add Mexico and less developed countries if you wish. They would just keep going off the right side into less gun control mayhem.

The facts speak whether you like it of not.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:18 AM

8. #1

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:27 AM

10. Locking, sorry, this is not breaking news, but analysis.

Unfortunately, we hear this whenever there's a mass shooting.

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