Why is a "crime" a political issue?
- Crime rates are indicators of government performance in providing citizen safety
- Crime committed with the use of guns raises issues about Second Amendment rights
CNN carries a story today that asks the question, “What the hell is going on with crime today?” Then they answer the question with information that says the crime rate is improving. So, why worry?
The answer is that America is an advanced society and we have high standards. One of the top priorities for government is to ensure that people are safe from crime. So, when we see random events that end up killing children in schools for instance, and where the perpetrators employ guns, often military-style automatic weapons in addition to handguns, people lose their patience.
Well, they should lose patience because our standard for crime should be zero.
Do you want to know who is most likely to render harm to you in the form of criminal acts including murder?
Look around you to see your relatives and friends. They are at the top of your list. The chances are you know very well who may be a culprit in a crime.
Don’t ignore the symptoms. When people are violent or prone to violence, that won’t get any better without intervention. The intervention must be done by law enforcement and mental health professionals.
Don’t try to handle problems by yourself because that may well lead to the very outcome that your are trying to prevent or avoid.
Here is a list from the National Crime Prevention Council
“Protect Yourself From Violent Crime
A list of tips for adults on staying safe
- Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
- When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
- Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
- Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
- If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
- Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
- Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
- Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
- Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
- If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
- If you are a battered spouse, call the police or sheriff immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
- If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
- If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.”
“Nearly eight of every 10 murders in the United States between 1993 and 2008 were committed by someone the victim knew, according a 2010 report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report didn't include figures for 2011 or 2012.
Similarly, nearly two out of every three nonviolent crimes were committed by someone the victim knew.
Pair that with figures on overall crime: According to the FBI, the violent crime rate in the United States is about half what it was in 1992.
And between 1992 and 2011, the annual number of murders in the United States fell from 23,760 to 14,612 despite a growing population.”