reply to post by snowspirit
Crime is concentrated. Now my quid pro quo is that your gonna hear the bad stories, and yes, there are horrific crimes. But the guy going on a
shooting spree at a mall is ONE GUY out of a population of 300 million.
As I always tell people, if you never watched the news or read the papers, how does your neighborhood look? Most neighborhoods would look pretty
the crimes you do hear about, while yes some are psychotic, most are drug deals or gangs.
I live near one of the worst cities. So the first 15 minutes of the news is a run down of all the killings. BUT, they all happen in the same areas
because of the gangs and drug violence. But this is not dispursed evenly throughout all areas.
Now to get even more explanatory, I live in an extremely gun conservative state, where they have made it all but illegal to own a gun. So much so,
that those who own or do collect, don't even admit it openly, it is so stigmatized. So the only people who have guns are criminals, and they use them
So I had the unique experieince of moving to AZ,which is a very open state about guns. It freaked me out, and took awhiile to get used too. Now while
theft was high, I didn't see 15 minutes on the news of all the killings, because when everyone carries, there was little personal crime that I could
And people respect their guns. Though they are not required, many took training beyond what they needed. it was like owning cars, they respected them
and took their responsibilities seriously. You heard way more about children drownging in pools.
But yes, I am very well aware of the reputation that the US has.
But because the US is usually in the forefront of news(and no I don't take -ride in that) because it is like the Hollywood of the news, you might
hear a lot more about one particular country then others. Just like you don't hear the good stories coming out of the middle east. Which the
following story I am about to tell makes me wonder.
Funny but sad story, a friend of mine is first generation Eastern Indian. She went with her parents to visit some relatives in India. She is a young,
educated, professional single woman who does a kind job of working for a non profit that places people with disabilities with jobs. She is from DC.
Apparently the reputation of the US is far flung. Because a neighbor heard she is from a major city in teh US, and that apparently all Americans are
capable assassins, this neighbor, who is a landlord, asked her to "take out" a tenant of his, who wasn't paying rent and who wasn't williing to
vacate. Now, while against the law, apparently society looks the other way at this sort of thing. This was the funniest thing ever, but several things
can be learned from it.
Violence that is taboo is reported. other countries may have much more crime, but it is not taboo, therefor not news to them. And the news can be
skewed, that even a young,female professional from teh US is a capable assassin.