Originally Posted by Tackleberry1
We can all agree that the US gun death rate is higher than the UK and Western Europe for that matter... but the US population is also higher and we have many more "large" population centers.
The U.S. gun death rate was also higher in the 19th century - when neither the U.S. nor Britain had any gun control laws. Is it really all that significant that it still is?
This is a list of UNODC murder (intentional homicide) rates:
The U.S. is tied with Thailand. Is that good? Probably not, but it's hardly a show-stopper, either. BTW, your murder rate is about 1/5 of the rate in Mexico, where guns are virtually banned.
A comparison of violent crime rates gives a more accurate picture, IMO, because there seems to be less playing around with the numbers.
Even there, though, it bears watching. Several years ago, for example, I was pointing out that Nova Scotia had the highest violent crime rate of any Province or State in North America except for the District of Columbia, which doesn't really count because it's not a State. I guess others picked up on it because now Nova Scotia changed the way they track that statistic and they don't include as many kinds of violent crime any more.
I determined for myself years ago that every western Canadian Province has a higher murder rate than all of the bordering States except those States which then had gun bans as well as gang/drug/slum issues - Ill and NY. Even today, I am nearly 2x as safe in MT as I am in AB; although I can buy a pistol at the grocery store in Kalispell and carry it but have to get the Pope's approval to buy one in AB and then can only take to a range and back home. It's an interesting topic, to say the least.
I'm pretty sure that 99% of gun homicides occur in Cities larger than 250,000 inhabitants.
In fact, I believe that around 50% of your homicides are committed in 6 cities.