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Please keep reading and see the real numbers, you can confirm it in the web.
Contrary to the common idea that Mexico is in "War against crime", most violent deaths are between organized crime groups (according to peaceindex 80%), Homicide rate in Mexico is much lower that many areas in other parts of the world, such as: Washington DC, Atlanta, New Orleans, Etc.

On the other hand most cartel crime is among young (Ages 17-23) people (80%) and you can get almost free medical service with "Seguro Popular", that will give you peace of mind in case of major illness.
In this graph (2015) you can see the states of Mexico with highest violent homicides. Even so we travel to the Bajas frequently (along with millions of Americans) with no issues. I would avoid Guerrero in the mountains alone.
National and state average for Mexico, easy to locate Jalisco (were we are located) well below the national average. Mexico has a very open - and naive - news system, that has resulted in transparent information that used to be hidden, all grotesque murders show up in the news.
You might not be aware but the US has 34,000 deaths with fire weapons, compared to Mexico with 21,000, it is not good IN ANY CASE ONE IS TOO MUCH, but if we put it to perspective you have the same general probability to die from a bullet in the US as in Mexico, as much likely in the US to be struck with a bullet, but if you rob drugs from Cartels it is likely you wont last. As well, if you don't do cartel business Mexico is not perfect but safe.
As a conclusion, Most part of Mexico is safe, there are certain cities and areas you should avoid. Otherwise be smart and like everywhere else don't count money in public, do not wear very fancy (big gold) jewelry and enjoy your stay.
References
www.cidac.org (in spanish 2009 Data) Recommended reading (abstract) book:" The People's Guide to Mexico" 2006 Book of the Year Award: Planeta.com U.S. Cities comparision chart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence
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