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Nothing Like Homicide to Take Your Mind of Your Troubles
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I was trying to decide what to write about in the Viewpoint this week. I am a little tired of COVID information or misinformation, depending where you look. I wonít comment on the riots anymore. Anarchists thrive on being the center of attention.

I thought about talking about the new laws to keep police at bay, but to be quite honest, Iím to angry to comment on that at this point.

So, letís see, what kind of light topic can pull our thoughts away from pandemics, riots, and laws that punish the people who protect us? Iíve got it Ė homicide.

Did you know that worldwide, the city you are most likely to be murdered in (2019 statistics) was Tijuana, Mexico? There were 2,367 murders in Tijuana which is 134.24 homicides per 100,000.

In fact, the top five places you are most likely to be murdered are in Mexico. Nineteen of the top 50 are in that fine country. By the way, all of these cities have at least 300,000 people so Colorado City has not been included.

As a country, Venezuela is third in the total number of cities most likely to be murdered with six cities including, strangely enough, the number six city overall. In Caracas there were 2,134 homicides last year for a rate of 74.65 homicides per 100,000 population.

Oh, yes, the cities listed in the top-50 are not involved in a war. Although, a strong case can be made that in Mexico there is a war promoted by drug cartels. But that doesnít count as an official war.

All but four of the top 50 cities are in the Americas. One of those that is not is Cape Town, South Africa which actually had the most numeric homicides last year at 3,065 which was a 68.28 rate per 100,000 people.

Youíd never know it to read the papers but only four U.S, cities made the top 50. And one of those donít really count. The #16 spot was occupied by San Juan, Puerto Rico. They donít have a star on the flag so they arenít a state as per my geography lessons in school. The other thing that surprised me was that one of them was not Chicago. Seriously.

St. Louis was the murder capital of the United States in 2019 with 194 homicides or a 64.54 rate per 100,000. Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight died in Chicago but they have more people so the total per 100,000 was less. Baltimore (#11) and Detroit (#34) were the other cities in the United States that made this prestigious list.

Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil rounded out the top 10 with 205 murders, a 60.01 rate per 100,000 residents. Brazil had 10 cities in the top 50 and only Mexico had a larger number of cities in this homicide hall of fame.

Jamaica may be a small island but Kingston came in lucky number 13 with 680 homicides and a 57.5 fatality rate per 100,000.

I could go on but Iíve probably run this line of information into the ground already. I mean after all; the world is a fluid place. Who would have thought while these people were being murdered last year there would be a pandemic?

And for those of you Americans who are very competitive as I tend to be, I donít think you have to worry. With some of the laws being passed and how they will affect law enforcement we will do much better in the homicide chart next year. Although, I guess it depends how the lawyers affix a sentence to those of us protecting ourselves and our property when the police canít Ė or wonít.


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