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World Murder Statistics - US At .0042%: All Other Countries Listed Above US Have 100% Gun Bans

World Murder Statistics

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From the World Health Organization:

The latest Murder Statistics for the world:

Murders per 100,000 citizens.

Honduras 91.6

El Salvador 69.2

Cote d'lvoire 56.9

Jamaica 52.2

Venezuela 45.1

Belize 41.4

US Virgin Islands 39.2

Guatemala 38.5

Saint Kits and Nevis 38.2

Zambia 38.0

Uganda 36.3

Malawi 36.0

Lesotho 35.2

Trinidad and Tobago 35.

South Africa 31.8

Congo 30.8

Central African Republic 29.3

Bahamas 27.4

Puerto Rico 26.2

Saint Lucia 25.2

Dominican Republic 25.0

Tanzania 24.5

Sudan 24.2

Saint Vincent

and the Grenadines. 22.9

Ethiopia 22.5

Guinea 22.5

Dominica 22.1

Burundi 21.7

Republic of the Congo 21.7

Panama 21.6

Brazil 21.0

Equatorial Guinea. 20.7

Guinea-Bissau 20.2

Kenya 20.1

Kyrgyzstan 20.1

Cameroon 19.7

Montserrat 19.7

Greenland 19.2

Angola 19.0

Guyana 18.6

Burkina Faso 18.0

Eritrea 17.8

Namibia 17.2

Rwanda 17.1

Mexico 16.9

Chad 15.8

Ghana 15.7

Ecuador 15.2

North Korea 15.2

Benin 15.1

Sierra Leone 14.9

Mauritania 14.7

Botswana 14.5

Zimbabwe 14.3

Gabon 13.8

Nicaragua 13.6

French Guiana 13.3

Papua New Guinea 13.0

Swaziland 12.9

Bermuda 12.3

Comoros 12.2

Nigeria 12.2

Cape Verde 11.6

Grenada 11.5

Paraguay 11.5

Barbados 11.3

Togo 10.9

Gambia 10.8

Peru 10.8

Myanmar 10.2

Russia 10.2

Liberia 10.1

Cost Rica 10.1

Nauru 9.8

Bolivia 8.9

Mozambique 8.8

Kazakhstan 8.8

Senegal 8.7

Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7

Mongolia 8.7

British Virgin Islands 8.6

Cayman Islands 8.4

Seychelles 8.3

Madagascar 8.1

Indonesia 8.1

Mali 8.0

Pakistan 7.8

Moldova 7.5

Kiribati 7.3

Guadeloupe 7.0

Haiti 6.9

Timor-Leste 6.9

Anguilla 6.8

Antigua and Barbuda 6.8

Lithuania 6.6

Uruguay 5.9

Philippines 5.4

Ukraine 5.2

Estonia 5.2

Cuba 5.0

Belarus 4.9

Thailand 4.8

Suriname 4.6

Laos 4.6

Georgia 4.3

Martinique 4.2

And ...................

The United States 4.2

ALL the countries above

America have 100% gun bans.

It might be of interest to note that

SWITZERLAND (not shown on this list) has NO MURDER


However, SWITZERLAND'S law requires that everyone:

1. Own a gun

2. Maintain marksman


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Your math is wrong.

4.2% means 4.2 per hundred. ('cent' meaning 'hundred') Expressed absolutley it would be .042

What you show here is 4.2 per hundred-THOUSAND. That's .000042 or .0042%

The U.S. does not have a murder rate of 4.2% - that would be astronomical. I doubt that many people even die of any cause in the U.S. in one year. (12.6 million people - we don't have 12.6 million homicides in a year)

Note - some online statistics show about 2.5 million deaths of any cause in one year for 2011. That's about .0083 of the population, or .83%, of which less than one-half of one percrent were murdered. This means for every 200 people that die each year in the U.S., one of them is murdered.


This post is really misleading and is just as bad as propaganda from the other side. The fact that I got here from the front page is quite worrying. If you compared first world countries you would have a different story. Getting all the poorest most corrupt countries and going around saying how brilliant it is that murder rates in the US are better is only going to convince the most fickle of people.


Mexicans have the right to keep arms. I see few European countries in the mix. I agree with poster below that this post is cherry picking inconvenient statistics.

The ruling class does not care if we murder each other. That talking point is propaganda. They only care that they have a monopoly on the legal right to own and use weapons - on us.

Please present the data honestly. Deception has no place here.

I'm a staunch supporter of gun rights and self defense, but that doesn't change the fact that there is a TON of data cherry-picking, misinformation, and deception in this post.

1. The data (http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/statistics/...) has a lot of missing years for various countries. The figures listed in the blog simply uses the most recent year's rate for each country. Not only is this not an apples to apples comparison because the figures are different years for different countries, but only using one sample really distorts countries that have a highly fluctuating rate.

2. There are LOTS of countries that have a lower murder rate than the USA too, but those have been omitted from the presented figures. From my count, 109 countries have higher murder rates and 99 countries have lower murder rates, putting the USA square in the middle of the pack. And many countries don't just have lower murder rates, but MUCH lower murder rates...just to name a few: Denmark - 0.9; Norway - 0.6; Italy - 0.7; Spain - 0.8; Austria - 0.6; Germany - 0.8; Micronesia - 0.9; Palau - 0.0; French Polynesia - 0.4; Monaco - 0.0; United Arab Emirates - 0.8; Qatar - 0.9; Oman - 0.7; Japan - 0.4; China - 1.0; Hong Kong - 0.2; Egypt 1.2. Why has all of the data not been given? I'll tell you why: because it would soften the claimed relationship between gun control and murder. This is the definition of data cherry picking.

3. (quote): "SWITZERLAND (not shown on this list) has NO MURDER OCCURRENCE!". That is 100% pure bullshit. Since, that claim wasn't made in the original blog post, I have to ask: From where did you pull that claim, emalvini? According to the data, Switzerland's most recent year (2010) had 52 murders for a rate of 0.7 per 100,000. The average of 1995-2010, Switzerland had 72 murders per year for an average annual rate of 0.96.

4. The blog from where this post originates says the countries above the USA have "nearly 100% gun bans". What happened to the word "nearly" when it was reposted here at the DP, emalvini? As mentioned by many of you below, many countries on this list do not have a 100% gun ban.

5. What does the original claim of "nearly 100% gun ban" even mean? No definition of that is given here or in the blog.

6. Murder is complicated. Crime is complicated. There are lots of factors. I'm sorry if that pops the perfect little bubbles that many of you have created for yourselves in which there is this perfect and repeatable causality relationship between gun control and crime. Economic stability, demographics, culture, law enforcement, corruption, education levels, etc. etc. etc. ALL impact crime rates. I'm sure gun control is also a factor, but it is far from the only factor and probably not even a particularly strong factor, given that the data is basically all over the map, no pun intended.

Lastly, I just want to say that this type of deception and data manipulation and cherry-picking have no place here at the DP. I, personally, am interested in the truth. I think that applies to most of us here. That's why we come here: to have honest discussions and debates in an effort to uncover the truth. This type of deception is exactly what I'd expect from DailyKos.com or RedState.com. Let's please hold ourselves to a higher standard and reject misinformation and deception, even when (especially when?) you agree with the point being made.

After all, truth requires no deception.

Why is America indicated as a percentage?

All the others are indicated as murders "per 100,000" yet America is shown as a percentage. Percentage of what? If it is 4.2% of 100,000 then it is by far the worst. Is this purposefully skewed or is that a mistake or what?

In 2010 the US murder rate

In 2010 the US murder rate was 4.2 per 100,000 - this part of the post is not nearly as deceptive as the 100% gun ban claim.

100% gun ban not true for

100% gun ban not true for greenland, Puerto Rico, US virgin islands, Russia, or Peru - and those are only the ones I looked up. They have a lot more gun-control than us, but to say guns are banned in these nations completely is "100%" false. I also noticed many of the countries above the US are in horrible economic condition, while Switzerland's GDP per capita is twice that of the US - isn't it possible there are economic and other factors that play a role in this (not just gun laws)?

Strange statistics

Most of the middle east is lower than the US. Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, et al all with extremely low rates.

The exception being Iraq and Syria since arms have flooded into these countries.

Sad to see Africa in such a state.

I love Switzerland

They have a standing army of 3,000, but can mobilize an army of 600,000 or so within 48 hours, in case of an invasion. Switzerland is proof that there is no need for a standing army, if the population is armed. Also, they have not been at war for 800 years. Put that in the neocon pipe and smoke it.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

That is an impressive list.

That is an impressive list. However, there is at least one error. Costa Rica does not have a 100% gun ban. My father-in-law retired there about 6 years ago along with his 2 shotguns. When I stayed there for a couple weeks, he had to fire shots in the middle of the night to warn off the gunfire in the mountains above his house.

I can't speak for the guns in the hills, but both of his rifles were legally imported and went through customs.

cool post and all but none of

cool post and all but none of these numbers are percentages. A per cent is 1 per 100. These are murders per 100k residents. expressing them as a percentage is confusing and pointless.

It appears all but one are correctly expressed

Only the U.S. is expressed, incorrectly, as a percentage. The others are clearly number-per-100,000.

Some untruth to this...

...I know for a fact that private gun ownership is allowed in at least one of those countries listed (they even have gun stores at some malls).

I absolutely support the 2nd amendment, but stating untruths through either deception or ignorance does not do anything to advance this fundamental right.

I'm pretty sure that many of those countries....

...allow private ownership of firearms. Browsing through the wiki article, I don't see a single one with a complete ban.

And the gun murder rate in Switzerland is not 0%.

I think the OP's claim is basically correct (some negative correlation between gun ownership and gun crime) but fudging the facts doesn't help the argument.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Chicago at 15.2% (2010)

Safer to live in Nicaragua or Pakistan.

Chicago is trumped

Detroit's homicide rate was 53/100,000 residents in 2012. New Orleans was 54/100,000.


To name just a few, Panama, Costa Rica and Dominica allow private ownership of guns. They do require a license -- but then, so does Switzerland.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

Costa Rica

is another example of a country with no standing army (like Switzerland).

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

That's amazing.

That's amazing.