The Mises Institute wants us to make an exception for murder because they are against gun control. It is a cut and dried attempt to bias the numbers on their part.
As for having poverty stricken areas, so do most countries. The point is, ON AVERAGE, the US is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. 56% of our Food Stamp recipients, who are the bottom seventh of the country income wise, drive their car to buy their food.
About 1,000 women across the country die each year from pregnancy-related complications, a rate of 14.5 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2007, the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They are objecting to biased comparisons. They would not have any objection to non-biased numbers.
We need to offer the poor more than subsistence. We need to offer them hope and opportunity as well.
No, the Mises Institute objects to unbiased numbers, and wants them biased to suit their agenda.
They want the murder rate in the US to be compared not to all the other developed countries, which is how we measure health care, education, life expectancy, and everything else.
The Mises Institute wants to change that for murder statistics, so instead of comparing ourselves to other nations who live like us, we compare ourselves to poor nations where people live with their backs perpetually against the wall. That's bias.
The US does not have the highest murder rate out of all advanced countries (or at least we didn't the last time I looked up the stats, which was quite awhile ago).
So name an advanced country with a higher murder rate than the US.
Make that: Taiwan in the 1990s.
It appears that they've managed to slowly reduce their rates over time since then, and they aren't so high these days. But Taiwan was a modern industrialized country back in the 1990s.
If they can do it, you can do it...
In 1992, according to FBI stats, the US had a murder rate of 9.3 per 100K. So, no, you didn't find one.
Although in 1992, Taiwan was not so advanced in relation to the US-its GDP per capita was about a third of ours.
Taiwan is a very advanced society. A lot of our advanced electronics come from Taiwan.
he US has a much lower homicide rate now. Our rate today is lower than Taiwan's was in the 1990s.
Manufacturing mass-fi home electronics and such is a sign of an industrial base. But how much of what Taiwan is manufacturing was invented there? The people of Taiwan are not poor, but they are not in the top tier of countries like the US, France, UK, Japan, etc. Taiwan is getting there, but not quite there yet.
I am an easy guy to get along with. If Taiwan's murder rate was higher than ours now, I would say you win. If Taiwan's murder rate was higher in 1992 than ours was in 1992, I would say you win. But I can't say you win if Taiwan's murder rate in 1992 was higher than our murder rate now. That I can't let you have.
I will concede that Taiwan's rate is less than ours in any given year, but their past case is still valuable as a comparison because it shows a high level of homicides in a modern economy with few guns involved.
Like I said, the nature of the country with its immigrant groups and other factors will always make America slightly more violent than other advanced nations, but not 400% more violent.