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.)
|Country||Total||Method of Calculation||Homicides||Suicides||Unintentional||Undetermined||Sources and notes|
|Mexico||11.17||(mixed years)||10.00 (2010)||0.69 (2001)||0.47 (2001)||0.01 (2001)||Guns in Mexico|
|United States||10.5||(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:
Method of Calculation: (mixed years)
Homicides: 10.00 (2010)
Suicides : 0.69 (2001)
Unintentional: 0,47 (2001)
Undetermined: 0.01 (2001)
Country: United States
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.