Date: August 09, 2019 06:57PM
Murder rates in 2010:
Measured by murder rates, the US was in 2010 the 15th worst of over 200 countries. The only places further down the list were Brazil, India, Mexico, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Columbia, Russia, Pakistan, the Congo, China and Venezuela. But the numbers for the United States were only 1% better than for Venezuela. As for countries ranking immediately higher than the US, they were Uganda, the Ivory Coast, Tanzania and the Sudan.*
Murder rates in 2015:
In this year the US fared better--83rd worst out of over 200 countries. It ranked slightly higher than Somalia and Kyrgyzstan and slightly worse than Kazakhstan, Cuba, Niger, and Rwanda.** Of course, these data are from 2015, well before the recent surge in mass murders, so the US will have slid back down again.
By most measures the US is not a developing country. Gauged by murder rates, however, it has long been among the bottom half of nations. In some years the United States ranked among the very worst; in other years, it fared roughly as well as the Central Asian Islamic dictatorships, Cuba, and Rwanda. At any point along this road it would have been reasonable to describe the US, on this single dimension, as a Third World Country and perhaps to have issued travel advisories.
The fact that over the last couple of years mass murders in public places have been occurring weekly will have pushed the US considerably farther down the rankings and have rendered the case for travel warnings compelling. This level of fear, friends, is how people in the most violent (bottom 20 or so) Third World countries live.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/09/2019 07:00PM by Lot's Wife.