a reply to: GamleGamle
I would say you're close in thinking it's poverty, but let's look at that word in a broader sense. It's equal opportunity, in fact that is the biggest
problem. We have a class structure here. Lower class, Middle class, Upper class, Ruling class. We no longer have a 'Priest Class', though we do still
have TV evangelists.
As far as having a class or a system that protects us, we no longer have that. We have a totally corrupt Law Enforcement 'class' who associate with
criminals and have adopted most of their methods, because 'crime does pay' and we under pay our LEOs, and the top brass have a hidden political
agenda, so they either turn a blind eye to corruption, encourage it in some aspects (have an enforcer cop/loose cannon), or will do anything to get
convictions, including knowingly incriminate people, allow planting of evidence.
So, the 'opportunity' here is actually happening as a back-lash phenomenon. All across the strata of our society from 18 year old girls who are
phenoms in three gun competition to women taking firearms classes and getting permits and open carrying to the elderly. Crime is at an all-time low in
many places. Criminals are moving to 'gun-free zones' (MD, CA, Il, Mass, RI, NJ), or going to small towns, and away from places where a significant
percentage of law-abiding residents might be armed.
Most mass-shootings occur in 'Gun Free Zones', schools, certain businesses, churches, because criminals and even allegedly mental cases might be
delusional but they're not stupid (it appears).
The gubmint and gub-controlled liberal media is corrupting and outright lying about crime rates and mass shooting rates and firearm deaths. Other
methods of suicide are still as frequently used as firearms, including purposeful prescription medicine overdoses, suffocation, exsanguination. (50.9%
firearms, 49.1% other combined). One would suspect that given the liberal agenda (demonizing firearms) this number might be inflated.
Remember those people who said things like 'give people the right to carry and if a crime happens the streets will be running with blood, people will
be drawing guns and shooting at the bad guy'? Well it never happened. LAC carriers are extremely reluctant to use their firearms and 90% of crimes
stopped by the presence of a firearm happen with the mere sight of the gun by the BG. Even multiple armed home invaders will run if confronted by an
elderly homeowner with a revolver - they're cowards and opportunists (and again not stupid - they seek easy prey).
In all the people I've talked to having a carry permit or open carrying has made them very aware of the responsibility and they are polite, kind,
lowered aggression, are reluctant to engage in road-rage. The people one meets here at gun shows are extremely nice, polite and friendly. I feel
extremely safe there...though I was surprised at first. Even the LEOs who are at these shows are low-key, friendly and laugh a lot (they usually have
two of them in the lobby). They don't seem upset or alarmed when they see people leaving the show with armloads of all kinds of handguns, ammo and ARs
and shotguns. When we have a gun show here if you get there 10 min late you have to drive around looking for places to park - they're packed for the 8
hrs/day Sat and Sun and this town only has 20,000 residents.
They still have crime here, knifings, shootings but they seem rare.
So to recap, poverty of spirit, poverty of opportunity, poverty of independent thought those lead to certain criminal elements flourishing, and they
are not limited to low-lifes. Gangs, politicians, law-enforcement, judicial system, all have members who abuse their power. If there were financial
class strata, I still think there'd be violent crime, because some people are greedy, aggressive and emotionally-driven (out-of-control). There would
still be domestic violence (even if just cabin-fever syndrome). Males and narcissists and sociopaths are not cured by having financial means. Certain
patriarchal-ethnic types have a tradition of narcissistic behavior, abuse of females and children.
Again, it boils down to the fact that each person must be able to defend themselves on an individual basis, empowered and capable, against 'bullying'
in all its forms.