Mexico Sets Murder Rate Record, Up 5.3 Percent Over Last Year So Far

Despite the media’s constant proclamations that America is the world’s murder capital, Mexico’s murder rate has skyrocketed, growing 5.3 percent over 2018.

“Mexico saw 3,080 killings in June, an increase of over 8% from the same month a year ago, according to official figures,” the Associated Press wrote on Tuesday. “The country of almost 125 million now sees as many as 100 killings per day nationwide.”

There have been 17,608 murders thus far in 2019, the highest since records began being kept in 1997. Mexican officials said that there were 16,714 in the first half of last year.

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The drug wars between the cartels have become particularly violent.

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“In particular, drug cartel turf wars have become increasingly bloody in the northern state of Sonora, where the number of homicides was up by 69% in the first half of the year,” the AP noted. “But in Sinaloa, where the cartel of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is based, homicides declined by 23% so far this year compared to last.”

Along with the rising murder rate, the country is also suffering increased rates of extortion and kidnapping.

Meanwhile, gun violence in the U.S. has cratered over the last 25 years despite the left’s claims otherwise.

the Washington Post recently found that both Democrats and Independents have been fooled into thinking that gun violence is increasing by leaps and bounds.

But the truth is that the number of deaths caused by killers using guns started slackening off starting in 1994.

Per Breitbart News’ AWR Hawkins:

But the reality is that the high-water mark for firearm murders was 1994 while 2017, the most recent year with complete data on incidents, shows a sharp drop. There were “16,136 [firearm murders] in 1994” but only “10,982” in 2017.

And if looked at in terms of the murder rate, instead of simply the raw murder numbers, the drop in firearm homicides is even more evident.

For example, the FBI calculated “6.2 firearm murders per 100,000 people” in 1994, while the murder rate in 2017 was 3.38. And the murder rate was even lower than 3.38 in 2014.

But guess what number did increase in that same 25 years?

Well, it is the rate of gun ownership which climbed from 192 million gun owners in 1994 to 310 million by 2009!

A near doubling of firearm owners in the U.S. yet the homicide rate has dropped by a third.

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