Der Spiegel (The Mirror) is a fairly influential German newspaper, and it
reported here the number of cartridges fired by German police in 2011:
The original url translates to (among others) "police shot 2011 fewer
times on duty". The summary said:
Polizisten schießen seltener im Dienst
Die Nutzung von Schusswaffen im Dienst ist bei der Polizei in Deutschland
leicht zurückgegangen: Im vergangenen Jahr schossen Beamte 36-mal auf
Personen. Sechs Menschen starben, 15 wurden verletzt.
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Officers shoot fewr times on duty
The use of firearms on duty by police in Germany was a bit reduced: In
the last year Officers shot 36 times on people. Six people died, 15 were
Germany has a bit over 80 million people. Seems to me that either the
police in Germany has little to do with violent crime, or they stay in
their preceinct offices and don't venture out.
Do I really have to spell it out? Somehow it at least /seems/ that
German society is a lot safer than many US places (these days).
Question is what makes it so??
Of course, one shouldn't generalize etc, etc.
Here's a first-hand report from Houston.
1. After Katrina, the number of violent criminals increased dramatically.
2. Fortunately, they killed each other off with great alacrity as they tried
to sort out gang boundaries.
3. Those that didn't get killed, came face to face with Texas justice. I had
more than one Houston cop tell me a common refrain was "Whatcha mean I can't
be moseyin' thru my 'hood with a malt and a toke? I could back home!" Those
with that attitude are now in the Grey Bar Hotel.
It's not all bad. Katrina broke the legacy of dependency. Imagine those
Katria displaced persons who were relocated to, oh, Billings, Montana or
Salt Lake City. A common refrain seemed to be: "Youz mean all I gots to do
all day is stand behind dis counter and make Slurpies? And I gets PAID for
it? Damn, that be cool!"
Liberals that want to blame the parents instead of the child. Lack of
appropriate punishment for the crime. Kids being taught that every one
is equal and entitled to the same things even if they don't work.
Government breeding poverty by welfare programs that do not require
certain people to work.
This "liberal" would hope that some time soon every child may get the
same opportunities to excel, and that there will be parents, teachers,
friends and acquaintances who all will encourage each child to fully
exploit his/her potential. Then all can be rewarded as to their efforts,
be they plumber, carpenter, professor or president.
There is enough blame to go around in the current system of dumping
children onto the "system". Parents, teachers, politicians especially
can be assigned blame as you see fit ...
I have go to say while it does not seem that every child in the US has
an equal opportunity, a majority of them have a better opportunity than
say 80% of the rest of the kids in the world.
So I say give the kids "equal opportunity" but no special privileges for
a particular race.
That may be true when comparing US kids to zimbabwean kids. Unfortunately,
the baseline from which US kids in a poor ghetto-like neighborhood/city
start out is different compared to what kids from rich suburban towns
experience (or can experience - there is a lot of neglect of varying sorts
there too). Our US school systems do fall down on the job unless kids
and/or parents and/or teachers exert special efforts, and too few anywhere
Liberals (do/should) not blame the parents, at least not always.
Bringing up kids is not an easy task, for anyone. My better half did
most of the work, but I believe we have instilled work and other ethics
in our kids and grandkids. Everyone does start out equal, but due to
their own limitations or circumstances within or beyond their control,
they do not end up equal. While your perception of "welfare" may be
colored by your experiences, education and welfare and p[overty are
separate things. They do affect each other, of course.
MOST of the things directly responsible ARE controllable by the individual.
Staying in school, not getting pregnant, saying "No" to a dope dealer, and
other temptations contribute mightily to membership in the underclass.
Conversely, there are things that encourage a proper life view: parents who
read for recreation, caring for an animal, and more.
Agree with this 100%. Reminds me of one time when I was over at my
parents house helping my father out with some heavy rocks in the
garden. I was 21 at the time.
He stops and looks at me and then says. "You turned out all right". I
hadn't realized that all those years of bringing me up, he had his
I was a little bastard when I was a kid and then into my teenage
years. I guess I couldn't blame him for feeling that way. I'm sure it
partially explains why I never had any kids. Karma would have stuck it
to me for sure.
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