I've been recently reading in the newspaper that some cities in America(Baltimore, New Orleans, and Newark, NJ to name a few) are dealing with a rise in homicides mostly due to gun violence. At the same time, there was or still is (not quite sure) a seriel killer in England who was/is stalking on prostitutes. When I was watching the news about that ordeal a commentator mentioned how serial killers are more of an American issue. British police don't even carry guns for that matter. That got me thinking to why America has such a higher gun violence than other industrialized nations. I know some of you may be saying its because it is so easy to buy and carry a weapon in America. But some parts of this country that have lack laws about gun ownership have lower crime rates than other parts of the country. Canada has a much lower gun violence rate than America, yet Canadians are permitted to buy guns. Some may say it is because of violence on TV, music, movies, etc. But most industrialized nations watch and listen to the same things that Americans listen to. Growing up in NJ my whole life, I always watched the NY news. I remember how atrocious the crime rate was in NYC in the early nineties. I believe in 1990 the homicide rate hit a record of close to 2,000. Now 17 years later it has dropped to somewhere in the 560-ish range. The lowest since the early sixties. It has steadily dropped (although recently risen slightly) over the past decade. Many say this is due to new and more efficient police tactics. Mayor Guiliani cleaned up Time Square, Grand Central Station, and got rid of the squeegie men who constantly harrassed drivers coming in and out of the city. But as great as this accomplishment is, the murder rate is still much higher than compared to London, which has about the same population. Unfortunately, I don't have any statistics to back me up, but I remember reading somewhere that it was lower. If someone can confirm this then that would be great. But what I'm trying to get at is what causes such a high spike in gun violence in America? I have watched Bowling for Columbine. I didn't completely buy it, though. When Michael Moore went to Toronto to show the viewers what a ghetto looked like, he showed an average looking area of the city. I've been to Toronto twice, and I have seen much worse areas than the one that he showed. Also, is it really true that Torontonians leave their doors unlocked day and night? The only rational reason I can think of is poverty. There are some parts of America that are extremely safe. I know some who leave their keys in their cars without any fear of it being stolen. Murder is unheard of in certain towns. But on the flipside there are other areas of this country where gun violence is a daily occurance. Some thoughts?