Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout
From the article: "A recent study undertaken by the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
estimated that there were approximately 490,000 intentional homicides in 2004. The study estimated that the global rate was 7.6 intentional homicides per 100,000 inhabitants for 2004
, the last year for which comprehensive data is available."
For 2004, they have the murder rate for the U.S. listed as 5.5 per 100,000. I'm curious as to why you would say the U.S. has a high homicide rate when the data clearly shows that the global homicide rate is nearly 40% higher than that of the U.S?
I was comparing the U.S. to Canada, Australia, and European countries. The question is, what policies might the U.S. implement which would result in less incarceration and less crime? (Or: what social factors in the U.S. lead to more incarceration and more crime?) To answer this question, we should compare the U.S. to countries with comparable GDP, culture, government, population, political stability, etc. Commando raids and kidnappings may reduce violence in Baghdad, sectarian conflict may be the cause of violence in the Sunni triangle, but these are not going to be solutions or explanations for crime in Detroit. We're more likely to find solutions/explanations for Detroit and LA by examining Toronto, or Madrid or London, don't you think?