Ian F, a friend of the blog, sends an interesting email:
So of course I decided to waste the last several hours investigating crime rates instead of sleeping. The map below shows the number of drug-related homicides in each Mexican state over the last two years (2007-2008). When you adjust for population to get actual murder rates, it turns out that you were anywhere from 3.5 to FIFTY-FOUR times more likely to be killed in New Orleans than even the most violent Mexican states (I looked at Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Jalisco, and Mexico City). This is according to FBI violent crime statistics from 2007 and 2008 (which I also looked up).
Usually, I'd be happy to hear that Mexican homicide rates are lower...just not lower than New Orleans homicide numbers.