@amybatt - Whilst it isn't the classic apples / apples comparison ........... I still think the US is a similar situation. For example., with the free access of guns to the wrong people (whatever reason) you could simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time (AS A TOURIST) - any public place for that matter!
I do not know if the issue is accentuated in recent years by more media coverage? or has it become a problem in more recent years.......
First glad the Jouberts are safe and sound. They are a valuable resource for all of Africa.
Second why does everyone compare every country to the USA? Honestly you have to look at murders per 100,000 people. USA is ranked #109 out of 218 countries....South Africa is #9!
SA = 54 million = 33-37 murders per 100,000 people = a very dangerous country! It was a lot higher 10 years ago...almost 70 per 100,000. So congrats on making things a little safer.
USA = 350 million = 3-5 murders per 100,000 people = safe country Could you imagine if the world news covered the murders that happened on a daily basis in South Africa...
Another example would be California which is almost the same size as South Africa.
CA = 41 million = 4 murders per 100,000 people = safe state.
Lets look at India...
India = 1.3 Billion = 3.2 murders per 100,000 people.
Also keep in mind that both India, CA and South Africa have very strict gun laws vs the USA overall (contrary to popular belief we do go through a background checks to legally purchase guns). There is also data on the exact murders based on race and legal vs illegal guns, I am not going to get into that on this site.
Edited by SSF556, 23 January 2017 - 06:52 PM.