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Comparative Carnage: Homicides and the Pandemic

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Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the crime in major U.S. cities. In fact, he just now decided that it would be clever to send U.S. law enforcement officers to major cities in swing states (Milwaukee, Detroit, and Cleveland), ostensibly because of the high crime there. While he has been obsessed with talking about crime in cities with large minority populations, Trump has apparently not been paying much attention to the number of people dying from the pandemic (1,485 yesterday). In fact, far more people have died from the coronavirus than from homicides. As of July 29th, 153,840 people had died from the coronavirus. By contrast, in 2018, the last year for which I could find full data, 16,214 died by homicide. Here’s the picture. Source: Statista.com and Worldometersinfo.com.

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Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the crime in major U.S. cities. In fact, he just now decided that it would be clever to send U.S. law enforcement officers to major cities in swing states (Milwaukee, Detroit, and Cleveland), ostensibly because of the high crime there.

While he has been obsessed with talking about crime in cities with large minority populations, Trump has apparently not been paying much attention to the number of people dying from the pandemic (1,485 yesterday). In fact, far more people have died from the coronavirus than from homicides.

As of July 29th, 153,840 people had died from the coronavirus. By contrast, in 2018, the last year for which I could find full data, 16,214 died by homicide. Here’s the picture.

Comparative Carnage: Homicides and the Pandemic

Source: Statista.com and Worldometersinfo.com.

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