This is the effort to describe a given elephant in the European legal room by comparing the legal systems of USA and EU. It's an assumption that Norway doesn't differ much from that of Germany or France or other (developed nation). By this effort I cherry-pick certain stats, always in pairs, from Eurostat (EU-28) and FBI (USA). All of this relates to crime and the influence of crime to suicide rates among else.
The comments will show that I favour the character and traits of USA in defending the dignity of the humans living there. USA has an important advantage by the 2nd Amendment that ensures a real defence of people who have the pistol or revolver. Even in face of crime, the pistol or revolver secures a fairly painless and quick death or an injury that's fairly clean, i.e., the bullet penetrates in a straight manner often creating a mere flesh wound. Even the fractured bones from gunshot wounds should be possible to heal given some time for this.
(I start with Norway as crime typical for Europe)
From https://www.ssb.no/sosiale-forhold-og-kriminalitet/statistikker/lovbrudda/aar/2015-04-15?fane=tabell#content there is 372 107 complaints filed to the police which is 72,8 complaints per 1000 inhabitants/Norwegians for 2014, newest numbers.
So we see that "respectable" Norway has a good deal of crime to handle. There's no Eden here.
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat - Various statistics for Europe, also crime.
https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats - Crime for USA.
http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.MHSUICIDE?lang=en - Suicides for every country.
https://www.ssb.no/sosiale-forhold-og-kriminalitet/statistikker/lovbrudda/aar/2015-04-15?fane=tabell#content - Complaints filed to the police in Norway.
http://www.gunpolicy.org/ - Guns in the world, also those privately owned.
"Straight" USA allows its citizens to defend by handweapons, tazers and peppersprays! "Corrupt/Crooked" Europe has all this practically banned, especially after Behring Breivik. Note!
"Straight" USA also has the death penalty for these depraved monsters who commit atrocities with the full mental report of them to go!
At least for suicides:
It's stated that "Approximately one-half of suicides are committed by firearm, accounting for two-thirds of all firearms deaths. [21,334 of 33,599 in 2014]"[24-reference]
Those are decent suicides! In Europe we do all sorts of crazy things in order to (finally) die because either it's the corrupt authorities hunting the suicide candidates only to get more torture on them. A corruption we in Europe usually never can do anything about because the self-protection is outlawed, that is, guns, pepperspray, tazers and killer knives. And that's after the 20 times the suicide candidates "bounce" about before they ide!
"The same article [USA Today] stated that there are far fewer homicides than suicides in the country; in fact, homicide rates have fallen by half in the U.S. since 1991."
So homicides are bad, but the numbers are improving and the victims have gotten the death by gun shot, not tortured a few times first as in Europe.
For the instances of torture in Europe, pick out the stats for murders, missing people and a good portion of the suicides who "failed" to die when tortured!
At spot no. 48 USA comes in with 12.6 per 100 000 people.
At spot no. 102 Norway comes in with 9.3 per 100 K people.
Hurray! At spot no. 123 United Kingdom comes in with 7.4 per 100 K people.
Now, from the above and given Europe's tendency to sodomy, corruption and lying for the facade, also for protection (because a wounded prey in Europe usually gets "taken" quickly).
You know, I happen to think that USA takes it (accepts the deaths, some also "beautiful"), all factors considered! (Don't say you're young, please, because then you have quite a bit of learning to do!)
Warburton, N., 2004, p. 21. The Basics - Philosophy, 4th ed. Routledge: New York The Problem of Evil. "...of the widespread practice of torture." and "...all examples of moral evil or cruelty: human beings inflicting suffering on other human beings..."
(This blog-posting is intended to develop and more will appear.)