Thursday, October 27, 2011

Report: Crime Is A Far Greater Source Of Armed Violence Than War

Crime Is “Main Source” Of Armed Violence -- Swiss Info

A Swiss-funded international study has found that, contrary to what is commonly thought, crime is a far greater source of armed violence than war.

According to the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence report, around 526,000 people die violently every year – more than 1,400 people a day. By comparison, 55,000 die a year as a result of war or terrorism.

The study, which was released in Geneva on Thursday, also found that 396,000 people were murdered outside of armed conflict annually and that another 54,000 people died from unintentional violence, or manslaughter. Police operations were said to account for 21,000 deaths a year.

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