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Buffalo Murder Rate is Peanuts Compared to Juarez

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Buffalo beats the national average in every single crime category for cities, with the exception of arson, which is almost at zero. Nevertheless, according to an article in Planet magazine, compared to Juarez, Mexico, our murder rate of around 65 a year is nothing.

How out of control is the city of Juárez? Compare the killings there to the war in Afghanistan. In Juárez in 2009 — a single city with only 1.5 million people—almost 2,600 people have been murdered. The number of civilians killed in the war in Afghanistan in 2009 was about 2,038 in a nation of 28 million people.

In the last two years, upwards of 4,000 people have been murdered in Juárez, compared to about 30 homicides across the U.S. border in El Paso.

Juárez is the deadliest city in the world for a simple reason: for years, several powerful drug cartels have been fighting over control of the city. The region represents an extremely profitable route into the U.S., where consumers spend enormous sums of money to get high. On average, 10 people are murdered each day. In September alone, 476 people were killed, most of them gunned down in the street in broad daylight.

Juárez has become synonymous with murder, but the murders here are extraordinary brutal. The killings often involve extreme sadism, mass executions, decapitations and torture. From the simple (cigarette burns, bones crushed to pieces) to the macabre (being buried alive) to the unpredictable. In two instances in September, narco mafiosos burst into drug rehab clinics, lined people up against the wall, shot 28 dead, most execution style.