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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Some perspective.

Below is the link for a site examining American violent crime statistics, ones just for the city of Chicago.

While the illustrations are cartoonish, the data are authoritative, and the authors have created some bizarrely interesting comparisons.

I do not ever defend for a moment what violent police have done, but the truth is America is such a hopelessly violent place that I’m sure most British people cannot imagine it.

Remember “the troubles” of Northern Ireland? Well, Chicago and many other American urban centers experience something like that on a perpetual basis.

Newspaper talk about terrorists almost seems trivial when compared to the year-in, year-out realities of a place like Chicago (or Detroit or Newark or New Orleans or Washington or a lot of other American places).

Study the site a bit, and you will gain some insight into what makes American police fearful themselves.

It is also what truly drives America’s ongoing relationship with guns, something rarely spoken of in gun-control debates.

http://heyjackass.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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