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America is ticking bomb
In the U.S. alone, the statistics for violent crime are staggering. According to the FBI, on average a person is murdered every 22 minutes; someone is raped every four minutes, a robbery is committed every 26 seconds. Citing a commission of crime experts, Reuter reports that U.S. crime levels are even higher:
The Council on Crime in America said in its first report that [crime levels] "remain at historic highs."
America is a ticking violent crime bomb, and there is little time remaining to prepare for the blast," said the report, which noted the rise in youthful violence.They said official FBI statistics on crime were only the tips of the iceberg. The report said the crime rate -- based on surveys of victims and not just crimes reported to the police -- show violent crime -- including murder, rape, assault and burglary -- was 5.6 times higher than those reported.
Murders and suicides [in the U.S.] are now occurring at a rate of more than 145 a day, a rate that is rising. In the past 30 years alone, the total exceeds 1,200,000 people, more than all the men killed in all the wars in the history of the United States. And many of these recent victims are not men and women; they are children. By the time the average American child is 15 years old, he or she will have witnessed the violent destruction of more than 35,000 human beings on television, as well as 200,000 other brutal acts.
Even in the "days of Noah," individuals were not subjected to the volume of violence that we are today. The link between violence on film and violence in our streets and homes is irrefutable. The survey found that 77 percent of secondary school teachers thought children were being "desensitized to violence," and choosing to glorify and mimic violent activity in the playground. To a degree Martin Luther King, Jr., never dreamed possible, his prophetic words in 1967 have increased in truth: "The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government."
Ted Rudow III, MA