According to Time, Mexico has recorded its highest homicide rate in years, with the government’s interior ministry reporting there were 29,168 murders in 2017, more than in 2011 at the peak of Mexico’s drug cartel-stoked violence.
Mexico, which patterned its constitution after the U.S., excluded the Second Amendment.
The death toll is Mexico’s highest since the government began keeping records in 1997, and shot past 2011’s tally of 27,213 homicides, the Associated Press reports. According to the Interior Department, Mexico’s homicide rate this past year equated with 20.5 murders per 100,000 residents; in 2011, that figure was 19.4.
The homicide rate is still significantly below those of Brazil and Colombia (both 27), Venezuela (57), or El Salvador (60.8), AP reports.
You guessed it, they don’t have a Second Amendment either.
Meanwhile in America, with the Second Amendment firmly entrenched, a report released by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law indicates a reversal in that trend for 2017, with the rates for overall crime, violent crime and murder all projected to fall.
According to National Public Radio, the Brennan Center’s analysis is based on preliminary data collected from police departments and city reports in the nation’s 30 largest cities. The report says its findings undercut claims that the U.S. is experiencing a crime wave.
The biggest drop is projected in the murder rate, which the report estimates will decline by 5.6 percent.