America the Violent?

Just take a look at headlines from the news last week:

Funeral services set for mother, son killed in double murder suicide” (KY)
Protection orders didn’t stop horrific murder” (AZ)
Four dead in gruesome murder suicide pact vowed to kill themselves before facing child porn charges” (TN)

How does America compare to other countries when it comes to death by violence, accidents, wars and suicide? Have we become America the Violent?

The statistics are fairly grim, especially if you are a male under the age of 50. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council has released a study titled U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (2013).

In the study of 17 “peer” countries, the U.S. has the most violence, 6.5 deaths per 100,000 which is almost three times as high as Finland, which is the country with next highest rate at 2.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The U.S.’s rate is over 15 times higher than Japan, their rate is .043 per 100,000! Canada comes in at the 3rd most violent with a rate of 1.6 per 100,000.

What Factors Make a Difference in the Alarmingly High Rates?

Why is the U.S. death rate so high among males under the age of 50? The study concludes the higher rate is among “socioeconomically disadvantaged groups” but even if you are white, educated, and insured you are less likely to make it to 50 than 16 other countries, and if you do, you may be in a much less healthier state.

Owning firearms in Japan is quite difficult, very few people own them. This is not the only factor, however. The Japanese have an overall attitude of refusal towards violence. They do have criminals, terrorists, etc., not nearly as many as the U.S.

In the category of unintentional injuries, traffic accidents take the lead at 13.9 deaths per 100,000 and here again Japan is the lowest in the study 3.8 per 100,000. The main difference appears to be that the U.S. has a much higher percentage of drivers and vehicles on the road per capita. Most Japanese rely on public transportation even though they may own a vehicle, (admittedly the traffic jams and congestion in Tokyo for example would appear to dispute this fact.)

This is only a glimpse at available statistics that are staggering and very sad news for America.

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