Originally Posted by Hydroholic
why does the U.S. have the highest murder rate of the civilized world?
oh right gun control...
Let's play along these lines, statistics can so be so fun.....
What Country has Highest Obesity rate, and resulting health problems, ie heart disease, joint problems, diabetes, and death?
-- The US (sourse: Organization for Economic Co-operation and development)
What Country has 440,000 deaths from smoking related illness a year?
-- The United States (source: Centers for Disease Control)
How Many automobiles deaths occur in the US annually?
14.53 people per 100,000 die from automobile crashes. This ranks the US around 10th in the world for auto deaths. Iran ranks 1st with 38.7 per 100,000 (source: Department of Transportation 2002 study)
How many gun deaths occur in the United States?
-- 30,694 people died from a gun, of these
-- 17,002 were suicides (55%)
-- 12,352 were homicides (40%)
-- 789 unintentional shootings of which:
-- 330 were from 'legal intervention'
-- 221 are from undetermined intent
-- remainder (238 from unintentional circumstances,
kids, oops, "didnt think it was loaded", etc.
Using US census population estimate for July 2005 (295,560,549) and using that data to figure deaths per 100,000 people; guns deaths come to be:
-- 10.38 gun deaths per 100,000 persons
-- or 4.179 gun deaths due to homicide
source: Centers for Disease Control, 2005
In 2005 there were 16,740 homicides in the US, or 5.66 per 100,000 people. Undoubtedly most of these were from guns 73.7% in fact. (source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports)
The Us ranks #24 in murders per 100,000 people,