But are we truly a more violent and crime ridden Country than we were years ago? Has it all gone to hell? Is this Country a big, bad scary place?
In a word? No.
When many of us were young, before electronic media was so prevalent, our news came in three ways - journalism, television and radio - and it wasn't a constant in our lives. Most of us listened to the radio in the morning, hearing the news along with sports, weather and music. At work, we worked! No laptops or cell phones. Newspapers had a morning edition and a Five Star Final evening edition. Then we went home for dinner before watching the 10:00 news and then Johnny Carson.
Our news came from what we perceived to be trusted sources while images and video were self censored by the broadcast outlets.
Now? The perception of runaway crime explodes like projectile vomiting from a myriad of broadcast outlets, not the three or four we had long ago, and these outlets are forced to fill countless hours of empty air - and does so with an aggressive onslaught of crime riddled pictures, videos and voiced opinions - never mind the facts, just get the story out, speculate ad-nauseum, grab the ratings and fix any wrongs by backpedaling tomorrow.
But how do we quantify if crime is worse... or better?
In the statistics below - compiled by the Disaster Center using the FBI Crime Statistics page - you might be surprised to learn our current Murder Rate is not only at its lowest since 1960 - the beginning of the FBI Stat Page - but in fact is lower than any time dating back to 1957 and to be precise, would be lower than the rate in 1950!
All violent crime reached a relative high between 1980 and 1992 before tailing off. In the last 20+ years, violent crime has fallen better than 50%, leaving our Country a much safer, saner place than the main stream (and not so main stream) media would have you believe.
The murder rate reached a high of 10.2 per 100,000 in 1980 vs the current rate of 4.5 per 100,000 - again, lower that at anytime since 1957.
Rape climbed to a high of 42.8 per 100,000 in 1992 before falling to 25.2 per 100,000 in 2013, its lowest rate since 1973.
Aggravated Assault's high was also in 1992 - 441.8 - while it now sits at 229.1 per 100,000, lowest since 1974.
The total violent crime rate hit a high of 758.1 per 100,000 in 1992 and has now dropped to 367.9 per 100,000 - its lowest since 1970!
These aren't numbers twisted by agenda riddled outlets looking for the advertising dollar. These are the raw statistics from the FBI.
In 1945, the Murder Rate was 3.84 per 100,000 (5831 Criminal Homicides / Population of 139.9 million) - the facts are, we just aren't that violent a country.
Our Country's murder rate puts us 111th out of 278 Countries in the world. Our gun murder rate is distorted terribly by the hi density, Democratically controlled cities of the USA - as can be seen below...
It's just not as bad as the media - both Liberal and Conservative alike - would have you believe. So I tell you, unless you are in Chiraq or one of the other large, hi density cities of this Country, enjoy yourself. Go for walks at night with your family. Go on vacations and see this great Country! Watch ballgames, see the sights and enjoy... enjoy... enjoy! All while carrying and staying in Condition Yellow, of course, and remember... the Media is not your friend, they are here to make money, nothing more, nothing less.
Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly