Making Progress on Crime
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I wonder how much of the drop in crime is due to the rise of Concealed Carry, and the demise of anti gun laws.

  • IgotBupkis

    >>> tackling the crime rate has been among the largest challenges America has faced in the past few decades. Our efforts appear to be working.

    Yes, but how and why? I fear it’s the sheeping of America, not any actual anti-crime efforts which lead to this. I’m 52 and the number of people who will put up with immense quantities of BS and rudeness and the like in order to not “make a scene” or such is scary to me. The number of people even willing to use their horn on the streets when faced with rude or stupid drivers too busy talking on the phone in order to pay attention to their ability to execute a turn or other seems to me to be substantially decreasing.

    If you’re unwilling to raise a fuss about something relatively minor, the chances of you standing up to a bully — and that means a government bureaucrat, among other things — is far, far lower than it needs to be to keep the government in check.

    I fear for the national character in the long run. It may well be that the liberals and their nanny-state policies have already won, and the rot simply hasn’t shown itself fully yet.

    “There is no week, nor day, nor hour, when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their supreme confidence in themselves – and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”
    – Walt Whitman –

  • anthony

    According to the statistics the crime rate has been on the decline but nobody mentions the differences that still exist when it comes to particular types of crime. For example, Toronto is usually described as a safe city to live in and it is true that the the overall crime rate in the GTA has been on the decline in the last few years. However, there still are differences when it comes to particular types of break-ins (apartment break-ins and break-ins to houses). According to the statistics the number of house break-ins increased between 2008 and 2009 in our city which is a clear signal that the increase or decrease in the crime rate can hardly be generalized.

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