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originally posted by: Irishhaf
Sorry the statistics dont show children are more at risk now than they used to...
The FBI has several decades of data on missing persons now, and those numbers show that the number of missing person reports involving minors has been at record low levels in recent years. Overall, the number of these reports have fallen by 40 percent since 1997. This is more impressive when you consider that the overall U.S. population has risen by 30 percent over that same time period, meaning that the actual rate of missing person reports for children has fallen faster than 40 percent. But even these numbers include an awful lot of scenarios that you wouldn't typically worry about when letting your kid walk to the park. For instance, among all missing persons cases (adults and children) in 2014, roughly 96 percent were runaways -- kids or adults deliberately trying to escape a situation at home. In fact, only 0.1 percent of missing persons cases were what we'd think of as a "stereotypical kidnapping" -- where a complete stranger tries to abduct somebody and carry them off by force. These figures comport with a more detailed analysis of child-only abductions carried out by the Justice Department in 2002.
Stop watching 24 hour news channels... they are why it "seems" like kids are going missing every day... or mass shootings every day. they cover any bad news for at least 24 hours... and if its juicy news (ie ratings) 24/7 for weeks on end..
I do fear for my grandchildren.
originally posted by: mamabeth
The America that I grew up in...
Children could walk to the park without fear of being abducted by a predator.There
were a few cases but not on the scale of today's age.Children could play in their own
backyards and chase each other with water guns.Can't do that anymore because of
the extreme paranoia over guns.
Children watched cartoons and educational series on saturday mornings.The garbage
that is being broadcasted now is not fit for man or beast.Children played board games
with other children.Now they are glued in front of a game console that wastes too much
of their time.
There were a lot of bad things happening all over the world when I was a child. but I still
had a childhood and a future a head of me.My grandchildren will have problems finding
jobs because our jobs have gone off-shore.Too many people are living on the government
handouts which can discourage their future.
So,what is wrong with me wishing that my grandchildren could grow up in the America that