Friday, December 11, 2015

Mexico: "You call us dangerous?" America: "YES!"

Mexico to US after Oregon shootings: You call us dangerous? | Public Radio International:
October 02, 2015
Mexico. Many in that country think we in the US are just a little hypocritical. "They accuse us of being a violent little country, but look at them," says Alfredo Corchado, Mexican bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News. "This is just one more mass shooting by a lone gunmen." Corchado says the frequency of school shootings in the US does not happen in Mexico. "Here, you hear about the mass shootings of immigrants targeted by organized crime, or kids at a party in Ciudad Juarez who had the wrong information and targeted the wrong house. But nothing like a Sandy Hook or in this case, Oregon." Guns are extremely difficult to get legally in Mexico. Corchado says they require strict background checks that include mental health checks. "Mexico has one of the tightest gun control laws anywhere," he says. "But like a lot of laws in Mexico, it's meant to be broken or it's meant to be ignored."
Here are the raw statistics:

(Rough copy of table ... specifics compared directly over the fold.)
Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year
CountryTotalMethod of CalculationHomicidesSuicidesUnintentionalUndeterminedSources and notes
Mexico11.17(mixed years)10.00 (2010)0.69 (2001)0.47 (2001)0.01 (2001)Guns in Mexico[42]
United States10.5(2013)3.55 (2013)6.70 (2013)0.16 (2013)0.09 (2013)

Well, yes.  Here are the statistics for Mexico and the United States in terms of Firearm-related death rater per 100,000 population per year.  (Source: Wikipedia)

(Sorry, the graphics don't translate reliably in this BLOGSPOT forum)

List of countries by firearm-related death rate

Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year:

Country: Mexico
Total: 11.17
Method of Calculation: (mixed years)
Homicides: 10.00  (2010)
Suicides : 0.69 (2001)
Unintentional: 0,47 (2001)
Undetermined: 0.01 (2001)

Country: United States
Total: 10.01
Method of Calculation: (2003)
Homicides: 3.55 (2013)
Suicides : 6.70 (2013)
Unintentional: 0.16 (2013)
Undetermined: 0.09 (2013)


Anecdotal evidence includes this April, 2015 report:

Gun battles have left at least three people dead on the streets of Reynosa, a Mexican city on the border with the US that has been plagued by drug cartel violence.Fighting broke out after the arrest of a leader of one of the main gangs in the area.
"The same criminal group reacted by attacking federal forces," officials said in a statement.
The statement described the dead men as "armed civilians".
Officials said parts of the city had been blocked with vehicles set on fire by gunmen. Authorities issued an urgent notice warning residents not to use various main roads because of shooting and blockades.
I won't bother trying to compile a list of Mexican drug violence reports in Mexico, and it's a herculean task to report on all the incidents when Mexican drug murders have crossed the border into the United States.
The fact is that Mexico's strict gun control laws have left the average citizen (and American tourist) at the mercy of drug cartels.  Those drug cartels include designated hitters who have nothing to do with baseball, but all to do with murders.
Why would Mexicans indulge in school shootings?  They're too busy with inter-gang wars and assignations.   All of the Mexican homocidal maniacs are gainfully employed by drug cartels, and they are kept too busy to indulge in their hobby.
Maybe America should follow the Mexican Example, and let the drug gangs war among themselves.
That way, the American psychopathic killers can remain too busy to kill American school children.
After all .. if it saves just one child .... and yes, we do report more suicides than Mexico reports.  Perhaps it's just simpler for Mexican Authorities to report anomalous deaths as Gang-related murders.  They're probably right more often than they're wrong.


Anonymous said...

In the U.S. single crazies commit most of our mass killings. In Mexico organized drug cartels commit even larger mass killings. Despite it's strict gun laws, the drug cartels are well armed with fully automatic military weapons.

Mark said...

Reynosa has been on the US Gov "don't go there" list for about a dozen years.