I didn't want to take a thread further off point with this reference, so I started a new thread. It was implied that the U.S. is a hotbed of murders in the world. It is not as bad as it would seem: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_percap-crime-murders-per-capita Now, as to why we have so many more murders per capita than other countries, that can be discussed without ever reaching a conclusion. Of course, there are going to be those who blame the instrument of death and not the killer himself, and that has always been the case. Don't want to blame people, ya know, gotta blame the (pick one) knife, bat, gun, car, poison, scissors, rock, etc, etc, etc. Perhaps the problem deals with morality in America. Am I allowed to say that here?