There seems to be this assumption that Canada has a lower crime rate than the US, but I can't find any statistics to support that assumption. In http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/050721/d050721a.htm [Broken], Canada had 946 violent crimes per 100k. In that same year of 2004, USA had http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/tables/4meastab.htm [Broken] violent crimes per 100k (divide 1,648,100 by 301 million then multiply by 100k). Canadians are twice as violent as Americans? Did I take the wrong stats or did I miscalculate something?