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Old 11-22-2008, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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Compared to most developed countries, the US' violent crime rate s pretty high.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Maybe our legal system needs to be overhauled. If there weren't so many loopholes, to say nothing of lawyers willing to exploit them, people who commit crimes might be held more accountable for their actions. If you knew for certain that you were going to be punished and fairly severely, you might think twice before committing a violent act.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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Our force should look into Japan's. They have one of the lowest crimes rates in the world.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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We have a culture of violence in this country.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:28 PM
 
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The U.S is not even the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere let alone the world. Countries in the Western Hemisphere like Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, and Venezuela for example all have a higher per capita murder rate than the United States. Some people (especially people who are anti-American) like to overexaggerate just how violent the U.S is. The majority of Americans do not live in neighborhoods that resemble warzones where on a daily basis there are violent shootouts between rival drugdealers and cops and drugdealers. The U.S is not all just one big Opa Locka.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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The UK and Wales are the most dangerous developed countries in the world. London had over 1,000 murders last year.

Surprising, isn't it. But they have more knife crime, America has more gun crime. In London, they'll come out of nowhere and stick you.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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There are some real interesting trends here. For decades the U.S. had the highest crime rates in the developed world, but its crime rates have been decreasing since the 1990's while crime rates in Europe having been increasing. True, London, Wales, as well as Stockholm crime rates have become higher.
But the figure of 1,000 murders last year in London is a gross fabrication. More like 160. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/7191769.stm)

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Old 11-22-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Our murder rates are among the highest if not the highest among developed countries.

You can blame our culture of extreme individualism for that.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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I think the dynamics that this country were built on were highly aggessive in nature. Take for one our fight against Great Britian for our independence. The Revolution spoke for who we were as people. The fact that we did not want to pay taxes to the king and Queen is another shared feelings among the many who came here (ala Boston Tea Party). Many who moved here had a "don't take **** from anyone mentality". Add to that many years of slavery which most likely dynamically created a lot of feelings of superiority towards one race from another. On one side this created a deep rooted anger, And on the other side a feeling of entitlement. Combine many of these elements as well as so many more not mentioned and at the brink of society is a lot of suppressed and not suppressed anger.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Chitown Bred
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Cuz everybody in America aint rich and everybody here aint eatting off the wealth. Yeah America is the richest country, but that doesnt mean that every single American just has a million dollars laying around. Just cuz you live in the richest country on earth doesnt mean that you still wont live like sh !t, which I dont think people overseas quite understand bout America. I remember times growing up when we sometimes aint have no lights, no food, or no water. I aint the only person that ever seen an empty azz fridge and I aint the only one who had to pee down the bathtub drain and take sh !ts in plastic bags cuz we couldnt pay the water bill to flush the toilet. Alotta people grew up like this or similar.
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