Morocco: Inside their 2018 FIFA World Cup bid

The North African country is making a fifth attempt at hosting the world’s biggest soccer tournament, the FIFA World Cup. Their fifth bid couldn’t be any easier as they have to outbid a USA, Canada and Mexico’s joint bid. In their 193 paged document submitted to FIFA, Morocco presented a case of them being "one of the safest countries in the world" and will offer "an ideal security environment" for the tournament. It is an interesting point to make especially during the period when gun law and policy is one of the key political debates.

"Exceptionally low murder rates (three per 100,000 people), benefitting from very low gun circulation, are reflected in a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) study ranking Morocco among the best-performing nations in the world - at the same level as both Denmark and Japan." - The Moroccan bid.

Mexico’s murder-rate stood at 21 per 100, 000 in 2017 (the highest in modern records) ; USA was at 5.3 per 100, 000 IN 2015 according to the FBI while Canada was at 1.68 per 100, 000 in the same year.