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No, Chicago Is Not More Dangerous Than Afghanistan

Comparing urban crime to literal war-zones is an unfortunate rhetorical device that never seems to go away. On Tuesday, Gawker's Cord Jefferson, attempting to illustrate the vast disparity in attention given to mass shootings like the recent incidents in Colorado and (to a lesser extent) Wisconsin and the high homicide rate in Chicago, wrote that "The Windy City's murder rate is worse than the murder rate in Kabul, a literal war zone.
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