It is real easy. You have it exactly right. Crime rate declined because
people were able to support themselves with jobs. Unemployment was at an
all time low. Watch crime rate start exploding unless the economy does real
turn around (not this supposed one where businesses are doing better because
they are outsourcing all their jobs).
I grew up in a poor area. People don't commit crimes because it makes them
feel great about themselves, because it is an easy way to make a living,
because they are lazy, etc. For the most part people turn to crime because
it is their last option for living. I don't know what idiot really thinks
that people like being on unemployment or welfare. It is demeaning and
makes people feel powerless. This is why the average time for being on
welfare is only 2 years. I have known women that have stayed with abusive
husbands because their only way out was to go on welfare and they could not
bare to put their children in such a horrible life. Crime is going up and
will continue to go up until people are again employed or given options
other than crime. Of course if the Democrats win the office of Presidency
they will be blamed for the increasing crime because we all know they are
"soft" on crime. What crap.
OK, that is my rant for the day... DKat
actually, there are people who do think crime is easier than 9-5 but they are
in all socioeconomic levels. Like Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, those who suffer
called "criminal mentality" and they dont think the rules apply to them. They
character disorders or sociopaths. They are also a small minority of people
concentrated at the very upper echelons of industry or "on the streets". They
not typical at all.
Someone once did a profile of people who sell drugs on the streets. They match
every character category with CEO's EXCEPT they never had the background,
and opportunity to make it "legit".
Being unemployed for a while really destroys self esteem. Been there, done that.
And now so have lots and lots of white men in the middle and upper echelons who
always in the past been able to turn it around and find a job in a couple months.
Now it is 1 or 2 years and they are devastated.
BTW, the vast majority of women on welfare are white and dont live in the city,
are rural or in small towns. It is still true, most women with small children
man's paycheck away from welfare. Ingrid
People don't commit crimes because it makes them
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Solve the problem, dont waste energy finding who's to blame
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I agree with all that you have said . My guess is that the percentage of
criminals who commit crimes for the thrill, or because they have no qualms
about how they get their money as long as it is easy are the same at all
levels of society. Where the poor or even middle class gets screwed is that
their children come out of schools unprepared for what once was considered
secure employment in our society (this is changing and who knows what will
happen now - I know brilliant young people coming out of Yale that are
unable to find work and they have tried everything imaginable - yes
including working at McD's). The lower the economic class the poorer the
quality of education. It is the children in these classes that have a
harder time finding a job and are the first to be fired when the economy
turns bad. Add to that our insane drug laws where one of the easiest ways
to make money is to turn kids on to drugs and you pretty much guarantee that
you develop a country that has a wider and wider divide between the haves
and the have nots. There is something wrong with our country when we have a
greater percentage of our population in prison than Russia or other
authoritarian countries have.
I'm not ranting really (first one was a rant). I just can't understand why
people are so pound foolish and penny wise. Prisons and crime are not cheap
for a society. If you want a country with low crime, look at what works in
countries with low crime. They educate ALL of their children properly and
they treat uncontrolled drug use as an illness (which it is) and not as a
Other than the occational astranged husband or mentally restricted
person in your neighborhood the person who does not know what he is
buying is not the person you need to worrie about it's the guy who
knows what he's buying and does not intend to do good whith his new
I have worked in a police department before and have had good
friendships with police men they are not to thrilled with freedon to
carrie laws but they are usually in agreement that most guns used in
violent crime were either stolen or untraceable which means purchased
on the street. the other crimes are commited by thiose astranged
husbands or wacos the wacos adn husbands account for about .05
percent of crime
Lets focus on illeagal guns if we are going to cut down on gun
related crime And most police men I've talked to would tell you it's
not as easy as it sounds
On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 15:45:30 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
OH Main I always wanted to go there but I have this pesky allergy to
cold bad enough my family and husband make me stay in Pa I want to go
back to TN
Really though I hear main is beautiful and I hope to visit one day the
gun thing is a positive too If we don't protect our rights who wil
Actually I think it was a Dudge van. But you should be ashamed of yourself
for reading my crazy talk. :-) Anyway, you probably don't need an anti-
tank weapon for a van, probably just a regular grenade would work fine.
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