Thursday, April 26, 2007

Facts and Statistics

Some of my friends had a really bad week end. Three of my friends had family members shot here in Barquisimeto last week end. Although it is happening more and more, it is hard to see so many people hurt by violence so often.

One young lady in our church was shot in the hip during a robbery. Her cousin was also shot in the arm.

Another friend had a young cousin who was working as a Motorcycle taxi in a small town nearby, Quibor. A car drove up along side the motorcycle and, according to witnesses, shot his passenger. When he felt his passenger fall, the driver slowed the motor cycle to see what happened and was shot in the head. He leaves a young wife with a 2 year old child and she is 8 months along in the pregnancy with her second.


I began to look for some information, because I don't know of a lot of other places where one person would have 3 such incidents involving personal friends in the same week end. This is what I found out...



It seems Venezuela finally tops the list and comes in first place in the world!

Unfortunately, it is for the world's highest gun death rate according to the UN.


BRASILIA, Brazil - Venezuela and Brazil have the highest gun death rates in the world, according to a U.N. study released on Thursday in Brazil as the country's legislators considered a referendum to ban firearm sales. Gun murders are the leading cause of death in Brazil, which ranked second only to Venezuela in gun murders out of 57 countries studied by the United Nations report.



Amnesty International

According to Cesar Marin, the AI representative, speaking today in Caracas, there are 1000 gun shot deaths a day, world wide. Venezuelans make up only 0.3% of the world's population but claim 4.4% of these deaths. Gun registrations show only 1.5 million hand guns are registered but estimates are that there are more than 7 million hand guns, most unregistered, in circulation.



Caracas -- Asked which country in South America has the worst track record for murder, most observers would probably respond Colombia. However, Venezuela now appears to have snatched the grisly title of homicide record-breaker. The country has been gripped by an outpouring of public anger in the past week over a spate of execution-style murders that have underscored a view among locals that President Hugo Chávez has lost control.

Similar crimes committed with the apparent complicity of police officers have become increasingly common in recent months, while the frequency of murders is rising. Police figures show that there were 11,900 homicides during 2003, equal to 46.5 per 100,000, the last figures available since the government ordered the police to stop releasing weekly crime statistics.


The scary thing is these statistics are from 2003, that would be back in the good old days before things got BAD!



Seems mandatory guns in every home in Switzerland has not caused a great SURGE in crime or murder!

In Switzerland where every man of military age is required to keep a gun at home as part of the country's civil defense policy, the number of deaths per 10,000 population was 0.05.

There are no recent statistics available but UN figures from 2000 showed for every 10,000 Americans, 0.3 were killed by firearms, compared with 0.01 in the UK where handgun ownership was banned in 1997.


17 comments:

Ashley said...

the statistics from 2003 were from when things were GOOD?! wow...that's...frightening.

I'll make sure to keep you all in prayer!!

Morgan said...

wow, I didn't know that!! Venezuela doesn't really seem as dangerous as that.

Jungle Mom said...

Morgan: That is because we are used to it. It seems normal to us.

Sherry said...

Wow! Rita, I pray you and your family will stay safe. Chavez has definitely lost control.

Glenn Bartley said...

Amazing that the Swiss each have a gun in their homes, with virtually no gun violence. As I have always thought, it is not the gun that picks itself up, aims itself, and squeezes its own trigger causing the primer to blast, causing the propellant to ignite, casusing the gas to expand and the bullet to take flight as the gun goes bang. It is the person who just picked up the gun that is responsible. If a responsible person picks up a gun, chances are that nothing bad will happen. When a criminal picks up a gun chances are bad things will happen. Maybe we need to get rid of criminals instead of trying to get rid of guns.

All the best,
Glenn B

PS: stay safe down there

Dawn said...

These are amazing statistics, and horrifying. We have too much gun violence here in the good old USA as well!

Thanks for stopping by Kev's and my story. We'll be back with more soon - I'm enjoying my time off here in Georgia with loved ones and beautiful scenery and American history.

Abouna said...

Jungle Mama: I have you, your family and all of the people of Venezuela in my daily prayers.

One cannot deny that evil abounds, but to all those who keep crying for either stricter gun control or for the banning of guns altogether, I say that that is NOT the answer, because even if guns were banned, bed people will always get them. The answer lies within each one of us.

People have to change from the inside and until that happens, the violence will only get worse.

Jungle Mom said...

Abouna and Glenn: I agree banning guns is not the answer. Fact is that only one sixth of the guns on the street here are legal. Five times more are illegally owned! So what is the point of a law for the lawless! they already have illegal guns.

MK said...

Oh my, i had no idea things were that bad there, stay safe JM, hope you're packing and i hope no one else in your cirle gets hurt there.

Michael said...

and my mother in law was scared when we moved to Israel...

Pam said...

So glad you had the stats of Switzerland to go along side here. And I wholeheartedly agree with Glenn when he said "Maybe we need to get rid of the criminals instead of trying to get rid of the guns."

WomanHonorThyself said...

o gosh Rita...be careful!!!

Jungle Mom said...

MK; Funny thing..I am packing! But not so much because of the crime rate as that it is getting harder to function here for us. With some of th new laws coming into play and the fact that we are not sure our visa will be renewed either. We will be relocating to Paraguay.
Michael: Does Israel have a similar law as Switzerland? I am curious about gun death rate there.

Julie's Jewels said...

We have a missionary family that we support in Brazilia, Brazil. Their prayer letter each month speaks of shootings that take place while they have services and all during the night. That is a common thing for them where they are I guess. Its becoming more common in our area too. We hear gunshots at least once a week during the day and then more often during the night.

Caraqueña said...

Wow, Rita...that is so sad. That is what we hear all the time now~VENEZUELA has grown so DANGEROUS...didn't use to be this way...what is happening to us? However, we know that the Only One Who can protect us is God!

Jungle Mom said...

Caraqeña; I think we are like the proverbial frog in the hot water! We did not notice as it happened gradually.
But, all we can do is take the necessary precautions and trust the Lord for the rest. One can be "killed " anywhere any time.
I am a lot more cautious with my girls about when and where and with whom the go around with. Such as at parks or walking to bodegas and such.

serendip said...

JM: If every Iranian could buy guns and had access to guns, the mullahs would've been finished many years ago...