Tag Archives: homicide

Police killings in the USA

The current protests in the USA made me curious to take a look at police killing rates compared to other countries. Wikipedia summarizes available statistics for most recent years, and I did some spot checks of the primary sources. The … Continue reading

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Gun ownership and gun deaths

Given recent events, I took a look at the data relating to gun deaths overall and the  extraordinarily high rates of mass shootings in the USA compared to the rest of the world. Despite President Trump blaming video games and … Continue reading

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Global patterns of violence against children

The recently released UNICEF report on violence against children used our estimates of child homicide rates for year 2012 from the WHO Global Health Observatory. Of course, these estimates are uncertain for countries without good death registration data. We also … Continue reading

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The long-term decline of violence and global homicide rates

I have just finished reading Steven Pinker’s book “ The Better Angels of our Nature: why violence has declined”. This very large book (802 pages) is an ambitious and serious attempt to show that violence in all its forms (nonfatal, … Continue reading

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