Monday, August 17, 2015

Crime Rates - The Lying Media and How It Affects Us

The mass perception of the USA as a country seething with crime appears to be - at first glance - an incontestable truth.  This supposed truth is thrust into our homes by a news hungry media who broadcast the most gruesome, debauched and despicable aspects of life in the USA twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Death and destruction permeates our existence as a matter of daily discourse - reaching into our minds, playing with our emotions, bending our will, depressing us, taunting us, holding our very souls hostage with a frightening montage of dead children, grieving families, flashing police lights, burning buildings, riots in the streets, yellow crime scene tape, dour newscasters and pompous politicians looking for someone - or thing - to blame, so they may make the evening broadcast and further their personal agenda.

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.

We are buried in a self-induced tidal wave of information that washes over us while surfing the internet, from sources of questionable intent... and content.  Conjecture, speculation and bombastic opinion disguised as news bears down on us from every electronic gadget made by man - or so it seems.  Texts. Updates. Tweets. Blogs. Nowadays, the business of news is like a two headed snake attempting to eat itself.

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!


Forcible  Aggravated 
Year  Population  Violent  Murder  Rape  assault 
1960  179,323,175  160.9  5.1  9.6  86.1 
1961  182,992,000  158.1  4.8  9.4  85.7 
1962  185,771,000  162.3  4.6  9.4  88.6 
1963  188,483,000  168.2  4.6  9.4  92.4 
1964  191,141,000  190.6  4.9  11.2  106.2 
1965  193,526,000  200.2  5.1  12.1  111.3 
1966  195,576,000  220.0  5.6  13.2  120.3 
1967  197,457,000  253.2  6.2  14.0  130.2 
1968  199,399,000  298.4  6.9  15.9  143.8 
1969  201,385,000  328.7  7.3  18.5  154.5 
Forcible  Aggravated 
Year  Population  Violent  Murder  Rape  assault 
1970  203,235,298  363.5  7.9  18.7  164.8 
1971  206,212,000  396.0  8.6  20.5  178.8 
1972  208,230,000  401.0  9.0  22.5  188.8 
1973  209,851,000  417.4  9.4  24.5  200.5
1974  211,392,000  461.1  9.8  26.2  215.8 
1975  213,124,000  487.8  9.6  26.3  231.1 
1976  214,659,000  467.8  8.7  26.6  233.2 
1977  216,332,000  475.9  8.8  29.4  247.0 
1978  218,059,000  497.8  9.0  31.0  262.1 
1979  220,099,000  548.9  9.8  34.7  286.0 
Forcible  Aggravated 
Year  Population  Violent  Murder  Rape  assault 
1980  225,349,264  596.6  10.2  36.8  298.5 
1981  229,146,000  594.3  9.8  36.0  289.7 
1982  231,534,000  571.1  9.1  34.0  289.1 
1983  233,981,000  537.7  8.3  33.7  279.2 
1984  236,158,000  539.2  7.9  35.7  290.2 
1985  238,740,000  556.6  8.0  37.1  302.9 
1986  240,132,887  620.1  8.6  38.1  347.4 
1987  243,400,000  609.7  8.3  37.4  351.3 
1988  245,807,000  637.2  8.4  37.6  370.2 
1989  248,239,000  663.1  8.7  38.1  383.4 
Forcible  Aggravated 
Year  Population  Violent  Murder  Rape  assault 
1990  248,709,873  731.8  9.4  41.2  424.1 
1991  252,177,000  758.1  9.8  42.3  433.3 
1992  255,082,000  757.5  9.3  42.8  441.8 
1993  257,908,000  746.8  9.5  41.1  440.3 
1994  260,341,000  713.6  9.0  39.3  427.6 
1995  262,755,000  684.5  8.2  37.1  418.3 
1996  265,284,000  636.6  7.4  36.3  390.9 
1997  267,637,000  611.0  6.8  35.9  382.1 
1998  270,296,000  566.4  6.3  34.4  360.5 
1999  272,690,813  523 5.7  32.8  334.3 
Forcible  Aggravated 
Year  Population  Violent  Murder  Rape  assault 
2000  281,421,906  506.5  5.5  32 324.0 
2001 285,317,559 504.5 5.6  31.8  318.6 
2002  287,973,924 494.4 5.6  33.1  309.5 
2003  290,690,788 475.8  5.7  32.3 295.4 
2004  293,656,842 463.2  5.5  32.4  288.6 
2005  296,507,061 469.0  5.6  31.8  290.8 
2006  299,398,484 473.6  5.7  30.9 287.5 
2007  301,621,157 466.9  5.6  30 283.8 
2008  304,374,846 457.5  5.4  29.7 276.7 
2009  307,006,550 431.9 5.0  29.1 264.7 
Forcible  Aggravated 
Year  Population  Violent  Murder  Rape  assault 
2010 309,330,219 404.5 4.8 27.7 252.8
2011 311,587,816 387.1 4.7 27 241.5
2012 313,873,685 387.8 4.7 27.1 242.8
2013 316,128,839 367.9 4.5 25.2 229.1

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
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