One of the common anti-rights cultists arguments is the United States of America is one of the most violent ‘developed’ countries in the world.
Too bad the evidence doesn’t support that idea,(PDF alert) this report from 2010 shows that while USA may be more lethal in its crime; it is far from the most violent.
Police Recorded Rape Cases per 100,000 Population
New Zealand 30.6
United States 28.6
England and Wales 27.7
Over 3 times as many rapes as nearly gun free Australia. Sweden has twice as many rapes as the USA. England and Wales very close
Cases of Robbery per 100,000 Population
England and Wales 137
United States 133
Robbery appears to be a very serious issue with Belgium having 13 times as many, Spain nearly 9 times. Even Jolly Ole England and Wales have more.
Police Recorded Assault Cases per 100,000 Population
England and Wales 730
United States 262
Even if we break up the assault of other countries into aggravated or simple assault like we do in the USA; it is clear they are either more violent or just as violent as Americans.
It isn’t easy comparing crime rates across countries; so many variations can change how it is reported. Like Great Britain not counting a homicide until some one has been convicted for or confesses to that crime. But the overall numbers indicate that the United States isn’t exceptional in the levels of violence in our society.
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Edited to Add — Dive Medic has posted on this issue in the past; always a good read