Strangelove wrote:"Lies, damn lies, and statistics."
I dunno Per this list of death rate per country:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_so ... death_rate
... tells me the death rate of Americans is LESS than that of Swedes!
So what does it all mean??
Are Swedes falling down open manhole shafts?
Are Swedes killing off other Swedes with hard-to-detect poisons (murders deemed "natural causes")?
Are incompetent Swedish cops finding bodies beaten to death with rocks and ruling these deaths "suicide"?
Are a high percentage of Swedes being struck dead by God?
I dunno, fuckin stats eh Per?
Personally I'd rather be shot to death than beaten to death with a rock but that's for another thread....
Just to add a little perspective.
http://www2.macleans.ca/tag/homicide/Murders per 100,000 population:
1. Honduras 82.1
2. El Salvador 66
3. Ivory Coast 56.9
4. Jamaica 52.1
5. Venezuela 49
6. Belize 41.7
7. Guatemala 41.4
8. St. Kitts and Nevis 38.2
9. Zambia 38
10. Uganda 36.3
103. United States of America 5
150. Canada 1.8
No wonder Topper has seen so much violence in his day!
Yes, Sweden has a much older population than the US, which proves exactly what?
If you think the crude death rate is a measure of well being, then Gaza is the place to be, eh?
And yes, US homicide rates compare favourably with Africa and South America. The point being?
To me Canada, the UK and Sweden seemed like more relevant comparissons. Especially Canada, that shares the same continent and culture but has stricter gun laws.
So, tell me again, what are you trying to prove?
Rather than the crude death rate, which of course will be higher for countries with a higher median age, it could be interesting to look at life expectancy, which is 80.9 for Sweden, 80.7 for Canada, 80.1 for the UK with their fatty foods and 78.2 for the USA.* Do the Auroras, Columbines and Newtowns contribute to this discrepancy, or is it all because of a lack of national health care?
Of course, for God's sake, feel free to point out that that's almost twice the life expectancy of Mocambique (39.2), but that's kind of beside the point. i doubt many Americans feel that's who they're competing against.
*UN figures, 2005-2010. CIA numbers (estimate 2011) differ slightly: Canada 81.4, Sweden 81.1, UK 80.1, USA 78.4