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.
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.