Most of us here in OZ are shaking our heads
They're a (... more ...) Weird Mob than us, those Americans. Deaths by guns are accepted, while by other causes are considered horrific. They, okay a very vocal enough of them, think gun ownership protects them? But, comparing figures with other countries for deaths by firearms classified as accidental or suicides proves that's not so ... and then, of course, there is their murder rate???
A while back an American posted here they wouldn't take a holiday in Australia because of all our deadly wildlife. It is true we have a large share of snakes and spiders with the most deadly bites in the world, and a long list of creatures which can kill those who swim in our oceans and rivers.
I found a study, over about a ten year period, showing the sum of all deaths from our very-nasties (snakes, spiders, sharks, crocs, wild boar, assorted marine bitey and stingy things) was close to the number killed by horses and cattle! Our very-nasties are very likely to land someone in hospital, where tourists will receive quality treatment free-of-charge because of our universal health care system called Medicare, but the chances of becoming deceased from any of them are actually extremely low.
Being a typical Aussie, and seeing an American (for fuck's sake) claiming Australia was too unsafe a place to take a holiday, I responded with some shit-stirring. It did not provoke the reactions I was hoping for. I posted something like:
You are far more likely to be killed in Redneckville, USA, by the police on suspicion of being suntanned.