I can only hope that this does not cause an uptick with fear and sudden harsher sentencing.
Statistics are notoriously slippery, but the figures that suggest that violence has been disappearing in the United States contain a blind spot so large that to cite them uncritically, as the major papers do, is to collude in an epic con. Uncounted in the official tallies are the hundreds of thousands of crimes that take place in the country’s prison system, a vast and growing residential network whose forsaken tenants increasingly bear the brunt of America’s propensity for anger and violence.
The depressing thing about America is that the majority seems to have ceded control to a tiny minority of crazies, and if you suggest making changes, they always point out that the crazies will object.
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