Planning a trip? Vacation in Miami? Got a wedding to attend in Chicago?
A new map created by the CBC News using the warnings from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs offers travel warnings and advice for those planning trips that will have travelers rethinking the sight-seeing excursions originally planned.
Travelers to the United States are warned to take “normal security precautions,” while travelers to nations such as Brazil and China are urged to “exercise a high degree of caution” while visiting.
But when cross-referenced with data from a recent WND story that juxtaposes major American cities gun murder rates with those of some of the most dangerous nations in the world, the warnings for travel to these nations paint travel to places like Detroit and Philadelphia in a whole new light.
Digging deeper into the data of gun crime in major cities, these typically Democrat-controlled, urban areas have gun murder rates that rival those of the most violent nations in the world; even greater than those currently engaged in some type of military conflict.
Cross-referencing the data on gun murders in major American cities to nations around the world –
supplied by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other sources collated by The Guardian – puts the travel warnings to violent places like Honduras, El Salvador, and South Africa into a new perspective when compared to their counterparts for gun violence in the U.S.
The data reveal these comparisons when taking a micro-look at safety concerns when traveling to major American cities as opposed to the macro-look at visiting just the United States, as a United Nations 2010 chart lists the U.S. as having a murder rate of 5.22 per 100,000 people.
The world average homicide rate: 9.63 per 100,000, but it is America’s major cities propelling the murder rate higher.
If it were a country, New Orleans (with a rate 62.1 gun murders per 100,000 people) would rank second in the world to only Honduras. The CBC site warns travelers to Honduras to “avoid some areas.”
Detroit’s gun-homicide rate (35.9) is just a bit less than El Salvador (39.9). The CBC site warns travelers to El Salvador to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
Baltimore’s rate (29.7) is not too far off that of Guatemala (34.8). The CBC site warns travelers to Guatemala to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
Gun murder in Newark (25.4) and Miami (23.7) is comparable to Colombia (27.1). The CBC site warns travelers to Columbia to “avoid some areas.”
Washington, D.C., (19) has a higher rate of gun homicide than Brazil (18.1). The CBC site warns travelers to Brazil to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
Atlanta’s rate (17.2) is about the same as South Africa (17). The CBC site warns travelers to South Africa to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
Cleveland (17.4) has a higher rate than the Dominican Republic (16.3). The CBC site warns travelers to Dominican Republic to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
Gun murder in Buffalo (16.5) is similar to Panama (16.2). The CBC site warns travelers to Panama to “avoid some areas.”
Houston’s rate (12.9) is slightly higher than Ecuador’s (12.7). The CBC site warns travelers to Ecuador to “avoid some areas.”
Gun homicide in Chicago (11.6) is similar to Guyana (11.5). The CBC site warns travelers to Guyana to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
A recent report on escalating levels black mob violence in Chicago quoted Second City Cop, a widely read blog run by current and former Chicago police officers, with this ominous prediction:
[I]t is almost a certainty that if these “wildings” continue, the casual tourist will become a rarity in short order, and a tourist intent on enjoying Chicago will come to town armed, as many already do. You don’t hear about it because they aren’t usually confronted by criminals.
Given the “current lawless climate” in the city, “it is likely, almost a certainty that someone will have to defend themselves or a loved one from the out-of-control individuals currently prowling through Chicago.”
Phoenix’s rate (10.6) is slightly higher than Mexico (10). The CBC site warns travelers to Mexico to “avoid some areas.”
Los Angeles (9.2) is comparable to the Philippines (8.9). The CBC site warns travelers to Philippines to “avoid some areas.”
New York, where gun murders have declined to just four per 100,000, is still higher than Argentina (3). The CBC site warns travelers to Argentina to “exercise a high degree of caution.”
Even the cities with the lowest homicide rates by American standards, like San Jose and Austin, compare to Albania and Cambodia, respectively. The CBC site warns travelers to both nations to “avoid some areas.”
It’s true those comparisons are American cities to nations. But most of the countries listed have relatively small populations, in many cases comparable to large U.S. metros.
Here’s a look at the gun-control laws in the five U.S. cities with the highest gun-murder rates.
In New Orleans, you have to apply to the state police office and take classes with the National Rifle Association, then wait 45-90 days to get a concealed weapons permit.
Detroit comes under tough state laws that require a multistage process to get a gun. First, you must pass the Michigan Basic Pistol Safety questionnaire. Then you have to apply for the Ten Day Handgun Purchase Permit. (If you don’t buy the exact gun you applied for, you have to start the process all over.) After buying the gun, you have to fill out a Michigan Pistol Sales Record form and make sure the pistol has a valid firearm Safety Inspection Certificate. Federal laws also require a background check if you purchase a gun from a licensed dealer with a Federal Firearms License.
Maryland law governs Baltimore gun owners. The state prohibits the sale of handguns and many high-powered weapons without background checks. Magazines that hold more than 20 rounds are illegal.
Newark is in a state that already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and they may get stricter. The New Jersey state assembly passed a series of measures on February 21. One bill would limit the size of magazines to 10 shells from the current 15. Others would outlaw .50 caliber weapons, create weapon-free school zones, require background checks for private gun sales and require safety training for people seeking firearm purchase permits. The state Senate and Gov. Chris Christie would have to approve the changes.
Florida law requires citizens in Miami wait three days before a handgun purchase.