This is a discussion on Govt Report: Violent Crime Rises Sharply within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by minimalbrat No, no, no. He said they are killing people with " cheap guns ". That was just in Chicago....
It would more likely be an inverse correlation - but that works for me.
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Everywhere but Chicago apparently.
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Literally millions of people have dropped out of the workforce, more than have actually gotten jobs. That's a lot of people with time on their hands and less to lose.
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Every weapon is an assault weapon if you know how to really use it. For example, a real ball point pen (just have to get really close).
(this is sarcasim, I agree with your comment).
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Huh. Crime causes poverty, and criminals hide in the impoverished areas they create. Makes it look like poverty causes crime.
Gov't give-away programs create a leisure class without any respect for law, and that also results in crime. It also results in a culture that does not value possessions, like homes, especially as most of the leisure class is renting or living for free. No ownership pride. So, more poverty and crime.
Poverty can cause specific types of crime, but that's just a tiny bit of the total crime problem. Food is cheaper than drugs.
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I struggle with what to do with this data. While certainly no expert on crime statistics I do have personal experience that many crimes go unreported and therefore uncounted. I am highly skeptical of anything I read or hear from our "free press" let alone our government. A shift in crime statistics is only significant if one believes in the integrity of the data - which I don't. Lacking the enthusiasm to dig into the data myself (and really the ability) I'll take note but won't weigh it heavily in my thought process. While I wish for a safe crime free environment or all Americans, I'm most concerned about local crime - meaning the crime of the moment. Living in the moment and practicing situational awareness regardless of my surroundings is something I can believe in. I'm sure that makes me a paranoid in many people's books but I don't think I'm alone.
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Crime ( violent and property) go up in bad economic times. The opposite also occurs, during good times of economic growth the overall crime figures drop. Look at the Clinton years vs. today. It was determined by many that the " Assault Weapon Ban" did not effect the crime rate. It improved because the economy was better
" The last time stocks on Wall Street fell hard, in 1987, crime was exploding, and the city saw historic highs in murders in the following years."
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If our Government was as good at shutting down the illegal border crossings and dealing with the violent crimes that happen as a result of that traffic,
as they were at reporting crime trends,
then perhaps the violent crime rate would go down, rather than up.
Some of our border towns are beggining to resemble the ones in Mexico, where drug lords set up kingdoms and murders are the rule rather than the exception.
But,no...its too politicially incorrect for our Government Officials to even mention because the last thing they want to do is hurt someones feelings, and it doesnt look good with the elections coming up.
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I doubt any type of ban would be proposed and would make it past a vote in either house. As someone mentioned, look what happened after the ban was passed last time. Many of the supporters never came back into office. Politicians are nothing if not self serving. The desire to be able to defend oneself, even if people choose not to, has swung back towards allowing 2A freedom rather than restriction since the mid-90s as well.
Besides that, violent crime rates have been creeping up as all other crimes have been going down since the turn of the century. Nothing new there. The truly dangerous/desperate are the ones that are committing crimes. Most criminals don't want to die and are actually deterred by the repeated local use of force to deter their, or their friends, efforts to steal. That leaves the truly dangerous/desperate ones to commit crimes.
The data being showed proves a couple of things. One, we are actually still in a recession even if it is a rather minor one compared to others we have had. The numbers also confirm that when a recession hits, more crimes occur. It's a well documented trend. The correlation has been proven absolute.
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I see several reasons for the uptick in violent crime. First there are the situations of the bad economy driving desperate people to do desperate things to feed and cloth their family (a modern Jean Valjean). But I think the larger reason has been the "victimization" of part of our society. For a number of years a segment of our society has been told that their economic woes are not their fault, that the system is rigged against them by other segments of society that do not "pay their fair share" but live high on the hog. They believe they deserve a piece of the pie and they cannot get it by any normal means, so they are going to take it from the ones that do not really deserve it and/or keep them from having it. When you are given excuses for any bad behavior (his parents abused him, his dad left them as a child, he's a good boy but he hangs with the wrong crowd, etc) then you have no moral compass.
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There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.