Murders way up under Chavez -- still not too much worse than DC numbers earlier this decade 

From Reuters:

Homicides in Venezuela have quadrupled during President Hugo Chavez's 11 years in power, with two people murdered every hour, according to new figures from a non-governmental organization. The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV), whose data is widely followed in the absence of official statistics, said the South American nation has one of the highest crime rates on the continent, with 54 homicides per 100,000 citizens in 2009...

When Chavez came to power in 1999 there were 4,550 homicides whereas in 2009 there were 16,047, the OVV said.

Chavez blames income inequities created by past governments. Obviously, that's why murders have gotten so much worse under his rule.

Worse than Venezuela's deterioration, perhaps, is the fact that it isn't entirely out of line with our historical murder rate Washington, D.C. In 1991, the homicide rate here was above 80 per 100,000. In 2002, my first full year living here, it was 46 per 100,000. It has clearly improved in the last few years: it fell below 32 per 100,000 in 2008.

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