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Thailand and guns: Media mentions thousands of deaths from gun violence - but the USA is worse

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er...Thailand population, 70 million.
America population 328 million....i think LOS is doing well.

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1 hour ago, LomSak27 said:

Playbook tactic #1 If it is bad, try and drag the USA into it. However  .. 

 

In 2016 Thailand's rate of violent gun-related deaths stood at 4.45 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. In comparison, that of the Philippines was 7.42; the US, 3.85; Cambodia, 0.96; Myanmar, 0.56; Malaysia, 0.46; Indonesia, 0.10; and Singapore, 0.03.

 

Coconuts had this story on TV a couple years back back

 

NPR ran the data from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation after the recent mass shootings in California, and found Thailand had 7.48 violent gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2013. That’s over twice the gun death rate in the US, which had 3.55 deaths per 100,000 people in the same year. Thailand also has the highest gun death rate in Asia, the data shows. It had 50% more deaths than the Philippines, which also beat the US gun death rate with 4.64 deaths per 100,000 people.

 

Maybe they should not have included ... but the USA is worse
 

Not sure where you get those numbers. The NPR piece I find (from last year) has the rate for the US at 4.43 while the comparable rate for Thailand is 3.71 and the rate for the Philippines is 9.20(!). 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/08/05/743579605/how-the-u-s-compares-to-other-countries-in-deaths-from-gun-violence

 

So it seems they were technically correct in placing the US ahead of them... 

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51 minutes ago, klauskunkel said:

The US has many more inhabitants than Thailand, so if you are talking statistics, then you have to factor that in.

… and when you do, the US still comes out as worse

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I would own a gun for self defence if the law hadn't changed in 2017. I meet the criteria for legally owning a gun apart from not being Thai. I still want to defend myself if the case arises. I've felt this way after being physically threaten a few months ago. I'm not pro-gun but if the Thai man in the street can legally own one for protection I'd like to too.

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57 minutes ago, DoctorG said:

Very interesting stats, but I am happy to report that I have not shot anybody so far this year (although it is only Feb).

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I don't know where the Foreign Policy Journal bakes their statistics, but the facts are the largest % killings are done by gangs while committing robberies, turf wars, drug deals going wrong, and kids under duress, peer pressure, victims of bullying, and or mental issues, shooting up schools. US Veterans involved in illegal gun use are few and far between. 

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12 minutes ago, samuttodd said:

Clearly,  the solution is to make massacres illegal.

Like wars?

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