January 24th, 2006 02:58 PM
Guess what? Criminals kill people
That's the headline for an article in the UnionLeader.com today. Here is the article, I thought you all would find this interesting. How long did it take them to figure this out I wonder?
Boston illegal: Guess what? Criminals kill people
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006
BOSTON'S 2005 homicide rate was its highest in a decade, and a year-end review of the city's murders indicates that a rise in criminals, not guns, was the primary culprit.
Last year Boston Mayor Tom Menino blamed an influx of guns from northern New England for the city's spiking murder rate. But an analysis by The Boston Globe last week found a more plausible culprit. A rise in young men.
Typically, cities that see large increases in their population of young males also see large increases in crime. Boston was no exception. "While the city's overall population grew by less than 3 percent between 1990 and 2000, the number of males under 18 increased by nearly 8 percent," the Globe reported. Menino even admitted that soon after he took office he was warned that this demographic trend, and its attendant crime wave, was coming.
Some experts told the paper that Boston's explosion in homicides was a combination of more young men, lots of gang activity, and a thug culture centered on primitive displays of "respect." In that culture, if someone "disrespects" you, you kill him.
None of this suggests that guns are the root of the problem. It suggests that — surprise! — criminals are.
If Boston officials don't want a repeat of 2005, they'd do well to turn their resources toward finding and locking up gang members and drug dealers rather than changing gun laws in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
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January 24th, 2006 03:19 PM
If a criminal kills a criminal, is that really a crime ???
January 24th, 2006 04:15 PM
Well - that sure stated the glaringly obvious!!! Good to see it in print tho - the media actually telling it like it is.
Geezer - moot point you made - my less-than-charitable-self thinks 'way to go' - but it ain't legal of course!
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January 24th, 2006 06:03 PM
It is a sad fact of life one human killing another, but the rest of us are safer.
Originally Posted by Geezer
If you don't protect your self, who will?
January 24th, 2006 07:49 PM
( a year-end review of the city's murders indicates that a rise in criminals, not guns, was the primary culprit. )
WHEW!!!! Glad it wasnt the guns all by themselves killing people, that would give guns a bad name!!!!
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