I’ve often told friends about studies that show that the United States is one of the most violent nations in the world. In trying to communicate that this is not just an opinion and is rather based on studies and facts, the most often response is denial. I originally found some statistics in Time Magazine, but searching for “U.S.” and “Violence” returns so many results that it’s difficult to locate.
The Global Peace Index quantifies and ranks countries based on a variety of characteristics related to the levels of violence for each country. The United States ranks #96 out of 121 nations – having the dubious distinction of being within the bottom 20% of countries in terms of peacefulness.
By many measures, the U.S. has one of the most educated populations in the world and has a 99% adult literacy rate. It seems that this would help reduce crime rates. Then again, within the last few years, the U.S. has attacked and destroyed a nation completely unprovoked and with no real evidence. The American people seemed to be fine with this. Even now, the President that has attached a country because, as he claims, God told him to do it, is still in charge of the nation. It seems that anyone who tends to promote peace is either ridiculed as a “hippy” or is accused of not understanding the complexities of the world. And, don’t get me started on levels of violence depicted on standard news shows! Should our education have taught us that unbridled violence rarely (if ever) improves a situation?