Monday, December 7, 2015

U.S. Per Capita Murder Rate

Washington Times reports that U.S. per capita murder rates are at historic lows.

Obviously "per capita" must ignore the 50% increase in population over the last 50 years.  It also, though, glosses over the demographic shift that has taken place as America has become significantly less "white" due, in part, to the changes wrought by Ted Kennedy's 1965 immigration law.

We know that if we remove certain urban centers such as Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, et al, the U.S. homicide rate drops down the global ranking.

America has always been a violent country.  What happened in the 1960s to increase homicides?  For one thing, there was a lot of forced integration.  The black family in America began to fall apart as federal aid drove fathers out of the house.  Black neighborhoods were broken up as more cities received incentives from the geniuses in Washington, D.C. to herd people into Soviet-style highrises trying to eliminate "slums".  We scaled up the disastrous "War on Drugs".  

What happened in the 1990s to make things less violent?  Concealed carry got national attention in Florida and other states have followed suit as we have not seen Miami become the Wild West.  Experience has proven that allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms is more of deterrent to crime than a catalyst. Many incidents are ended not with gunfire and blood but simply when an aggressor looks down the barrel of an intended victim's weapon.   

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