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World’s most sophisticated ‘presidential democracy‘ has the highest rate of gun ownership on the globe. There are 89 guns for every 100 Americans. In 2011 – the latest year for which detailed statistics by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are available – there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms. Recently, in what is known as the worst ‘shooting massacre of the US history’, 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives.
However, another statistical detail by the same FBI revealed that 6,222 criminal incidents involving 7,254 offenses were reported in 2011 as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. This data was published in early December by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program in Hate Crime Statistics, 2011.
Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,318 offenses reported by law enforcement. 59 percent of the offenders were white people. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed:
- 62.2 percent were anti-Jewish.
- 13.3 percent were anti-Muslim.
- 5.2 percent were anti-Catholic.
- 4.8 percent were anti-multiple religions, group
- 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant
- 0.3 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc
- 10.5 percent were anti-other religion.
The latest case of such heinous and biased victimization depicts that anti-Muslim violence is perpetuating in the US without any barriers.
Source for statistical data: http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2011-hate-crime-statistics