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January 5th, 2013, 09:15
Originally Posted by dteowner View Post
I'm confused. Y'all love to crow all day about how our inequality of wealth, with extreme wealth and crushing poverty living side-by-side, shows just how stupid we Americans are. But poverty can't be part of the equation where American gun violence is concerned. Can't really have it both ways.
Don't be silly. You know what I'm talking about. There's poverty and then there's a truly poor country. The USA is a very wealthy country overall, and the crime/murder rates should reflect that.

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of…al)_per_capita

USA: 14
Japan: 17
Philippines: 126

The list is obviously not a completely accurate comparison in terms of wealth, as it does not include distribution of wealth, but Japan makes a far better comparison than a country over 100 places further down the list. In countries that poor, people barely have access to education or food, which will always lead to extremely high crime rates.
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