Yes Mexico has a drug war going on! And yes there are other kinds of murders taking place in the country.
But Mexico has beautiful beaches, lovely colonial cities, welcoming people and delicious food all waiting for you to enjoy.
When was the last time any of you “Reporters of the News” told the real story about the real Mexico?
Have you looked at a map, or presented a map of Mexico and shown your public where the problems are?
Have you bothered to point out the crime statistics in Detroit? New York or Washington D.C.? Or even sunny San Jose, California? NO!
Have you bothered to tell American viewers and readers that the places they want to visit in Mexico are safe?
Have you bothered to point out the the drug cartels are largely killing each other?
Have you mentioned to US readers and viewers that gang violence in the US is almost uncontrolable?
Have you mentioned to those same viewers and readers that they are more likely to be a victim of gang violence or other violent crime back home on Main Street then they are in Mexico?
So to help you in your research- you do actually research what you write and broadcast-right? So to help you with your research, I have reprinted an article on crime statistics in Mexico and some large cities of the US. And in this article it puts crime statistics in Latin America in perspective.
What is it with you? If you don’t like Mexico, don’t visit!
And if you do visit, and this applies to everybody: don’t buy or sell drugs. Don’t go to sketchy neighborhoods, but do behave like your mother taught you and your visit to Mexico will be just wonderful.
So here is your lesson :
Mexico murder rate over stated
by Baja Daily News (BDN) – Jose Feliz on 05/21/11
Mexicans and their American neighbors are being bombarded by news of shootouts, bombings, kidnappings and executions as drug smugglers battle each other and the government for control of the narcotics trade. The American News Media give warning to stay out of Mexico itâ€™s to dangerous to travel there.
But a closer look at the latest official statistics indicates that much of Mexico has modest murder rates. The horrific violence that is jacking up the national death toll is largely in nine of Mexico’s 31 states. Despite a wave of killings in these states, the murder rate in 2009 was still lower than it was a decade before, long before the Mexican government began a crackdown against the cartels. “If you look at history, today we have fewer murders, both in raw numbers and rates,” said Mario Arroyo, a researcher with the Citizens’ Institute for Crime Studies, a Mexico City think tank.
The statistics show that the most deadly violence is happening in northern Mexico close to the U.S. border where smuggling occurs, and in the states where marijuana and heroin are produced.
The state with the lowest murder rate is Yucatan, the Gulf of Mexico State known for its beaches and Mayan ruins. Its murder rate of 2 per 100,000 was comparable to Wyoming and Montana.
Washington, D.C.’s murder rate is nearly quadruple that of the Mexican capital, Mexico City. Washington’s murder rate was 31.4 per 100,000 people in 2008; Mexico City’s rate in 2009.
Tijuana, population 1.2 million, saw one slaying a day in 2006 and roughly two kidnappings a week. The murder rate for a city of Tijuana’s size is not huge. Some U.S. cities have a larger murder rate, including Washington, D.C., NYC and Detroit.
Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America’s most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people. The number of murders in NYC so far in 2010 number 437 compared to 382 at this point in 2009. That means the murder rate has risen 15 percent, a large jump after years of a declining murder rate in the Big Apple. # 1
Despite these statistics the media continues to give warnings to stay out of Mexico. Maybe in fairness the news media should also give travel warnings for travel to Detroit, Washington D.C. or NYC.
The following are murder rates in various countries per 1,000 people:
# 1 Colombia: 0.617847 per 1,000 people
# 2 South Africa: 0.496008 per 1,000 people
# 3 Jamaica: 0.324196 per 1,000 people
# 4 Venezuela: 0.316138 per 1,000 people
# 5 Russia: 0.201534 per 1,000 people
# 24 United States
When have you last heard of travel warnings by the media to these nations? Over a million Americans now live in Mexico full time and if many of them are like myself we feel safer here then we do in many parts of the U.S. So please news media of America, cut Mexico a break, they are no different then other growing nations with many of the same growing pains.