Violent America, peaceful Europe?

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Journalist Julia Ioffe tweets:

After the last century-and-change of Europe's reasonable, tidy, peace-loving and civilized history, surely everyone would have to agree!

To be fair to Ioffe, she added this, "to clarify":

Not exactly sure how this clarifies things, though. I considered, incidentally, the possibility that Ioffe is speaking of criminal violence rather than political violence - there, the United States does generally have more violence than most Western European countries - but that's hard to fit with "the events of the last few months," or with Ioffe's other recent tweets. Or am I missing something?

Thanks to Stephen Green at Instapundit for the pointer.