New Orleans is a beautiful, charming, culturally-relevant part of the United States — and it also happens, periodically, to be extremely violent and gun-driven. How much so? Quite a bit, actually.
- Start here.
- Now look at this map:
- As you can probably tell, this map takes U.S. cities, looks at firearm homicides per 100K people, and then compares them to countries.
- You probably only have a general sense of how violent some countries around the world are, but certainly words like “Colombia” (Miami), “El Salvador” (Detroit), “Guyana” (Chicago), and “Honduras” (New Orleans) jump out.
In fact, if New Orleans were its own country, its rate of 62.1 firearm deaths per 100,000 people would be the second-worst rate in the world; per this chart, only Honduras would be worse.
There are a lot of flaws with this, of course — sometimes international homicide/gun death data is unreliable, and the very act of comparing U.S. cities (first-world and capitalist) to Central American nations is dicey. But it’s a visual and contextual way to underscore that U.S. gun violence is a palpably bad thing.