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The most violent city in the most violent nation on Earth

February 5, 2013

And the U.S. Soccer Team is there:

The road to the World Cup begins in earnest for the United States on Wednesday in an environment that, at least on paper, could scarcely be more hostile.

According to the U.S. State Department and reports from humanitarian groups, San Pedro Sula, the second biggest city in Honduras, is the most violent place on earth. The conclusion is derived from data that shows a homicide rate of 159 deaths per 100,000 citizens, with widespread thievery, drug-related violence and social unrest rife just four years removed from a bloody military coup.

This may be superfluous, but Americans own 14 times more firearms than Hondurans:

civilian firearm possession honduras v us

Honduran law does allow civilian gun ownership, according to, with registration requirements. As you can see, though, firearm ownership is far less likely in Honduras than in the U.S.

That doesn’t mean this following chart logically follows, but gun homicides are 19 times more common in Honduras than in the U.S.:

gun homicide rate honduras v us

Counterintuitive? Sure, if you get your information from MSNBC and various Lefty wags and politicians. In that case, you’re probably quite stunned.

More: according to Wikipedia (yes, I know), Honduras has a murder rate of 92 per 100,000 citizens – they’re number one! The United States, on the other hand, is far behind them at only 4.8 per 100,000.


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