Re: SOC: Crime rates down again

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 03 Jun 1997 18:29:00 -0400

Max More wrote:
> For those who think society is in an inevitable decline: The FBI just
> released their crime figures (no, not crimes *by* the FBI--those they don't
> reveal!). Violent crime dropped for the fifth year in a row in the USA,
> this time by 7%. This includes an 11% decline in murders (16.5% decline
> here in LA).
> Of course, government agencies want to take the credit, though it's really
> not clear why this downward trend is happening. The LA Times story
> speculating that it's because the baby boomers are aging and there are
> fewer young people (who mostly commit the violent crimes). This may
> contribute, though I find it doubtful that this alone would result in such
> a rapid decline in violent crime.
> All is hardly well in this country, but this 5-year trend is encouraging.

COnsidering that most victims of youth related homicides are themselves
youths, and typically members of rival gangs, I think that there is some
natural selection going on here. Those who live by the kill or be killed
credo are getting killed off....

			Michael Lorrey
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