but you're really comparing apples and tunafish here. The British territory of Anguilla has a murder rate per 100k inhabitants of 27.66, which is damned impressive next to the United States' paltry 4.88, but Venezuela's is 57.15, Honduras' is 63.75, and El Salvador's is a staggering 108.64. Like I said, it's incredibly silly to try and group some of these other countries in with El Salvador. They dominate. If you feel the need to comment that the US is somehow comparable you are a twit.
You can talk all you want, but the US really sticks out on a list of the "western" countries. Sure you can always find a way to make the data work in your favour, but it definitely stands out. It is not near any countries with which it usually share a lot of traits.
However, I feel like the arguments made by all sides (pro-gun and anti-gun, or pro-gun-control and anti) are remarkably poor.
It's a complicated issue, and the statistics do not clearly support any one side or any one solution. I would really like to see some common sense gun control laws passed, but I'm not even really sure it would help much. And the all-out gun ban I proposed above I don't think will happen in my lifetime in the United States, so realistically we'd have to come up with other solutions to gun violence there. I don't know that there are any. One of the problems with solving the problem of gun violence in the US, though, somewhat counter-intuitively, is that it's really not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. The rate of violent crime in the USA is already extremely low. Taking it lower would be difficult.
At least according to independent research done by the Crime Prevention Research Center... an American pro-gun website. But I haven't found any serious critique of their data.
The United States does the metric system, frequently and systematically--all weights and measures are defined using the metric system, all products are labeled using the metric system, it's a required part of education, and in significant swaths of science, engineering and technology it's used exclusively. It has been the officially preferred measurement system since 1988.
Of course customary measures are also in extensive use, but metrication is a continuum (in every country), and if the point is to ask which country is the only one in the Americas that still extensively uses non-metric measures, then it should be worded that way.
I'll be honest--I think it's a really uninteresting "question" that's an excuse for U.S.-bashing, since it's such a frequent saw. However, that's subjective. What is not subjective is that the question as worded is inaccurate.