Tuesday, January 15, 2013

World Health Organization Murder Statistics & Gun Control

From the World Health Organization.

ALL of the countries on this list except the last one have nearly 100% gun bans

Murder rate 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 35.2
Colombia 33.4
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
Democratic 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
Costa Rica 10.0
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

United States of America 4.2

ALL of the countries on this list except the United States have nearly 100% gun bans 
The WHO result is corroborated by a United Nations study at this link:  http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/statistics/crime/Homicide_statistics2012.xls


  1. Intriguing, and I'd like to repost. But I'd appreciate more documentation. (1) Evidence that all the other countries have "full" gun laws, and (2) I don't find the 4.2 rate for the U S in the cited spread sheet. What am I missing?

    1. Could always look each up!?

    2. What year was this report?

    3. The link at the end indicates the report is from 2012.

    4. I did a Snopes check and they have a forum and the early comments show at least the year 2000.

  2. Murder/homicide rate per 100,000 people in the US is available from many sources, and in many different forms. Values and calculations differ when compiled by city/county/state/region, etc. Additionally, depending on ho the population is measured makes the outcome vary significantly.

    A cursory search will reveal that the listed rate for the US is an accepted average.

  3. Found it interesting that Great Britain wasn't included in the list. Maybe because it wouldn't support their theory? According to this study... http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/335-156/12554-58-murders-a-year-by-firearms-in-britain-8775-in-us there were only 58 total murders in GB, vs. 8775 in the U.S. (30 times fewer than in the US per capita).

    Moral of the story: You can always slant statistics in your favor if you try hard enough.

    1. Please read more carefully, and pay no attention to the blank spaces between the lines.

      Britain does not have a 100% gun ban.

      Additionally, the data presented is for total murder/homicide rate, not homicide by firearms.

      The data you quoted for murders by firearms is actually deaths by firearms - big difference.

  4. The assertion that there is a 100% gun ban in all of the countries with higher murder rates than the US is incorrect. Number 1 Honduras allows private ownership of firearms, but has gun control laws that are much stricter than any US jurisdiction. For example, only the military can sell guns to civilians. Puerto Rico has a very strict licensing system...and etc.

    1. You are right ! Brazil I allows to bear arms !!! It's not a gun control country ! !!!!

    2. Would you like to apply to the Honduras military for a gun? I suspect the purpose of this procedure is to prevent a military coup or overthrow of a controlling government. I wonder how many civilians in Honduras actually are allowed to purchase guns? And how much has to be paid in bribes?

  5. Not true. Here's the man who first published the list. http://jericho777.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/from-the-world-health-organization-the-latest-murder-statistics-for-the-world-murders-per-100000-citizens/
    As he says For starters: Almost everyone of these Republics, Country’s and Nations listed here allow gun ownership, it is true however that some do not, and many of them are restricted to shotguns only.

    1. Guns are also allowed - on a very VERY limited basis in places Like Chicago IL. With the strictest firearms laws of any large City in the United States, Chicago enjoyed more cold-blooded murders committed with firearms last year than were suffered by ALL of the coalition forces in Afghanistan!

    2. While not PC, stats will show the firearms murder rates in the USA are highly influenced a couple/few US sub-cultures,esp. in Chicago & big urban cities, esp. on a pro-rata basis. (percent of the sub-culture as a part of the total USA population). Including those wounded, but not killed would be appropriate because murder was the intent.

  6. If you lived in the stench of Obamaland, you would shoot your gun too!

    1. sick dirtbag

    2. Ah, you hold bho in too high a esteem, (viral infectious puss bag is my guess).

  7. Many have commented that some of the places listed do not have a 100% gun ban. It is all a matter of degree.

    In the State of Hawaii, for example, handgun permits do exist, however they are never issued to private citizens - even though the law allows it.

    One thing is true in all of the countries listed: the Governments all have guns - plenty of them. Ordinary private citizens in these countries do not have guns - at least not legal ones.

  8. This list seems to have no developed nations listed except the USA and Russia (and that one is iffy. Every Western European nation is left off, as is Japan, Canada, South Korea, China, Singapore, Arab Gulf states, Argentina... but it seems to list nearly every African, SE Asian, Central American, and random island nation I can think of. They just avoided every country that has a lower homicide rate than the US, and claimed that we were at the bottom of the list. Just some highlights of countries with lower murder rates than the US: Iran, Palestine, Israel, Laos, India, Lebanon, IRAQ (now), Vietnam, Algeria, the UK, France, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. [Sourced from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.]

    Worst of all, it claims (in all-caps, no less) that Switzerland had "NO MURDER OCCURRENCE." In about 4 seconds of Googling, they could have found that in 2010, Switzerland had 53 killings (40 of which were done with firearms) and 187 attempted murders. A full 15 countries have lower murder rates (all murder, not just firearms) than Switzerland, including some like Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong (which has almost 1/4 the murder rate of Switzerland), where guns are almost completely absent outside military and paramilitary forces.

    Also, Switzerland has no law that any citizen must have a gun (they must have military service, but after that they could just throw any guns they have away if they desired), and there's certainly no law whatsoever dictating any ability in marksmanship. In fact, the US has just about double the number of guns owned per person as Switzerland, which is far and away the highest rate for any country. Yemen comes in a close second with 61.7% of the number of guns per person as the US.

    1. The arguments rely on assertions that gun ownership/availability is the major determinate of murder rates in different
      cultures. I suggest there are common traits among countries/cultures that have higher rates, impacting city/state/nation
      murder rates more than the availability of guns. There is also the "chicken and egg" factor when looking at causation.

      Yes, the list certainly does omit low rate EU and Asian countries in an effort (IMO) to skew the idea to the pro-gun side
      of the issue.

  9. These lists are frustrating and completely unnecessary. I'm a staunch 2nd amendment supporter, yet I find these type lists and claims to be a major irritation. Statistics are as misused as scripture. I don't care what other countries do (or don't do) relative to their gun control. Do we really want to model our country after the rest of the world? I certainly don't. Our forefathers found it necessary to establish the constitution and subsequent amendments based on their experience and knowledge, yet the more "enlightened" not only question the intent of our forefathers, but speak of those that believe the same as ignorant fools. That type of dialogue will never solve anything, but only serves to strengthen the resolve of the opposing view point.

    It is my belief we should have the right to defend ourselves with firearms; otherwise, the physically stronger will always win. I won't bore you with the details of why I feel this way, but I speak with experience and conviction on this subject. For those that don't support this right, you certainly have the right to believe as you wish, but when you are on the street corner being beaten by thugs don't expect me to cross the street and use my weapon to keep them at bay while the police make their way to the scene of the crime.

    1. Well stated!
      I will add that it is the liberals job to discredit gun ownership because the NRA is big special interest of the opposing party.
      Also, all gun laws are unconstitutional because they all "infringe" gun ownership - "shall not be infringed" covers everything - that is why it was written that way.
      A gun is an equalizer - how else could a 90 lb 80 year old woman survive an attack by a 25 year old 250 lb thug? Too many people are too comfortable living in a crime free area, so they don't think they need personal protection until the day comes where they are attacked and it is too late. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

  10. skaterdude says: This whole argument is really pointless because murder was happening long before guns were ever invented. If any liberal think banning guns will slow down murder they are wrong. Read your history books liberals. Gun ownership should be a human right for humans to keep themselves safe from their government and criminals. Of course most criminals are liberals so it is easy to see why liberals would not want people to have a means of defending their families against criminals.

  11. skaterdude has a very salient point here: Of course most criminals are liberals so it is easy to see why liberals would not want people to have a means of defending their families against criminals.

    - - -
    One of the main problems with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while stupid people are full of confidence

    1. I couldn't agree more!

  12. Your logic is flawed.

  13. What a lie,
    I am from Brazil and there's NO gun ban there.
    Gun ownership in Brazil is second in the world behind the US only.

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