Murders in Canada


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SunBear
October 2, 2003, 11:00 PM
Canada had 582 murders last year or was it so far yhis year - only 25% were committed with guns. Hmmmm??

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SDC
October 3, 2003, 10:33 AM
That's about normal; those figures are from 2002, and murders in Canada are usually split about 30% stabbings, 30% shootings, 20% beatings, and the rest are the other lovely things that one person can do to another. What Canada makes up for in terms of gun-related deaths, though, is in the area of suicides; the suicide rate in Canada is higher than the US suicide rate, and the vast majority of our gun-related deaths (obo. 900 out of 1100) are suicides. Everyone seems to blindly focus on gun-related deaths in the US as THE problem, when they're not stopping to wonder why half of all murders are being committed by young black males below the age of 24; it's OK to scream for more gun control when half of all murders in the US are committed with a gun, but it's verboten to ask "why?" one specific cohort is committing half of those same murders.

greyhound
October 3, 2003, 11:31 AM
...but it's verboten to ask "why?" one specific cohort is committing half of those same murders.



Just look at yesterday's Rush Limbaugh/black quarterback fiasco and you'll fing out why folks are reeeeaaal reluctant to touch that one

lee n. field
October 3, 2003, 12:15 PM
What Canada makes up for in terms of gun-related deaths, though, is in the area of suicides; the suicide rate in Canada is higher than the US suicide rate, and the vast majority of our gun-related deaths (obo. 900 out of 1100) are suicides.

Seasonal affective disorder? (Too dark and cold, too much of the time.)

SDC
October 3, 2003, 01:11 PM
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"Seasonal affective disorder? (Too dark and cold, too much of the time.)"

Possibly :) Criminologists have known for a LONG time that there's a weird pattern that seems to hold true around the world; the closer you get to the equator, the higher the murder rate is, so I guess the reverse is also true: the closer you get to the poles (no, not The Poles) the higher the suicide rate is.

TallPine
October 3, 2003, 01:30 PM
Latitude Control!

That's what we need to keep people safe (for the children)

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