It’s a fact of life the journalistic community reports about daily crime but whether we here it on the radio, surf it on the web or tune in on the television to many the facts of the incidents are treated like the national weather report. A NIMBY attitude regarding crime surrounds Americans thinking but what is really scary is that Americans are comfortably numb about crime.
This week a 92-year-old senior was killed by a bullet as she sat in the sanctuary of her home. The accused killer is only 15. eehttp://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/10/teen_suspect_ar.php and http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/10/22/2009-10-22_cops_closing_in_on_arrest_in_.html Attending what is suppose to be a cherished memory of High School a 15-year-old girl is gang raped for over two hours and no one calls 911. See http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/27/california.gang.rape.investigation/index.html A priest is working in his church and is stabbed over thirty times by and employee of his parish. See http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/custodian_stabbed_priest_times_cops_nBNLIykQI1m3Zp9fAV2kyI
The aforementioned crimes and the facts surrounding the incidents are a precursor to the future and an indicator of the type of society we have become . The late Senator Hubert H. Humphrey stated” the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ”
The questions begets itself What has America Become? The answer is a sizable portion of Americans have no boundaries they are engaged in their own personal jihad devout of personal responsibility, and void of any care and emotion to those they have harmed. And if caught the jail time is short a temporary stop on their road to ruining more persons as nearly 70% of all violent felons return to prey again. ( Recidivism rates See: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm#recidivism
President Obama and his Attorney General recently commented about juvenile crime after a Chicago teen was killed by alledged gang members. For the video see http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/video_derrion_albert The President and Attorney General Holden responded to this killing by giving Chicago a $500,000.00 grant aid. See http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/October/09-ag-1084.html and http://www.ed.gov/programs/dvppserv/index.html
But money is not enough to solve the problem. One problem causing juvenile crime to rise is the prevalence of one family head of household families. A study by the Cato Institute ( see http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-wc67.html ) stated that a full 70 % of incarcerated juveniles come from single family homes. According to educational studies a full 50% of marriages wind up in divorce ( See http://www.cardinalpointsonline.com/opinions/marriage-should-still-have-value-in-society-1.1946012 ) therefore and immediately the children from divorced parents become ” at risk” juveniles.
The present disposable society and all the talk of “greening” are noble goals, but we have to look at how we are treating the most vulnerable in society. Recent criminal events indicate we are failing.