By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “The 50 most dangerous cities in the world have been named and shamed, and an astonishing 21 of them are in Brazil,” Daily Mail reported Friday. “Latin America features highly in the ranking, released by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, as it is home to some 41 of the cities listed.
“But the list doesn't just include Latin America, with U.S. cities St Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans also featuring,” the report explains. As far as world rankings go, those cities rank, they come in at numbers 15, 19, 28 and 32 respectively.
Let’s look first though, at the countries that dominate the list, presented in order of ranking: Venezuela, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa and Brazil, all meriting higher Brady Campaign ratings than the U.S. with its – according to them — “lax gun laws.” Shall we see how these citizen disarmament nirvanas rate with GunPolicy.org?
While administered by admitted gun-grabbers affiliated with the Sydney School of Public Health, the site nonetheless provides accurate compilations of gun laws from every country in the world. And it shows each of the Latin American countries mentioned have edicts that read like the Everytown wish list, all just reeking of ‘common sense gun safety laws.”
They’re all classified as “restrictive.” They all have enacted the same type edicts domestic disarmament zealots tell us are what’s needed here. And they all have restrictions on other rights and a presumptive monopoly of violence to keep things that way.
As for the U.S. cities that made the list, they also share undeniable commonalities. For instance, they’re all dominated by Democrats. They all champion “progressive” policies. And every single one of them has been an enthusiastic member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (Note that Detroit no longer appears on the MAIG site, but former Mayor Dave Bing was a “leader” in Bloomberg’s Michigan coalition.)
Some will no doubt be tempted to point out another demographic similarity, but we need to exercise caution on that, not fall into the collectivist trap of judging individual worth based on bigotry (like, say, “progressive feminist “ icon Margaret Sanger), and look at the effect “social justice” policies have on those subjected to them for generations. Unarguably, some populations have been more directly impacted by a continuing history of destructive government policies than others, and that’s where the focus ought to be.
Then we can ask if guns really are the cause of anything. A good place to start might be with the five million or so members of the National Rifle Association, arguably the most heavily-armed civilian population on the planet. Again, per GunPolicy.org, in 2012, the last year for which it provides such statistics, “gun-free” Japan had an “annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population” of 0.8 percent.
If the antis are right about guns and violence, they’ll no doubt be able to produce NRA member tallies that dwarf that rate. Does anybody think they wouldn’t if they could?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.