Let Me Ask You A Question – 10/12/17

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Let me ask you a question:

Do you perceive crime to be up in the U.S. or down?  Why do you hold this view?  

26 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 10/12/17

  1. I think factually it depends on what you read.

    I do perceive it to be up but I know that that is because of the massive amount of instant information available now. The internet, news channels, phone videos, Twitter……

    We see so many stories each and every day but is that because it’s so readily available or because there is more crime in general.

    I will add this…
    I feel less safe now than I ever have before. The constant stream of negative information…scary, fear-based news has absolutely changed the way I see some things.

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  2. The FBI, according to reports says its down (sources: NPR, NYT). Fox “News” and DJT say its up and the bad guys are running amok everywhere, and the NRA agrees. I tend to trust those sources in the first sentence far more than the ones in the second.

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      • I do think that part of the problem is news coverage, particularly the constant repetition of the same stories with different angles or photos/videos. People loose track – is it the same crime or a different one? It has long been a rule in the news business, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That worked OK for the most part when it was a single headline in the daily paper, or a single segment on the evening news. Hearing and seeing the same tragedy over and over again all day and half the night is traumatizing and warps perception of the reality. And then, politicians take advantage of that to sell policies based on fear. I gave up on TV years ago.

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      • Indeed, like trying to drink from a fire hose. One example is that when we see so much about the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe, it becomes easier to believe politicians’ talk of hordes of undocumented immigrants flooding into our country.

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  3. Because of all the media attention, the perception is that crime is up. The actual statistics point to a declining crime rate. Although our current leadership likes to take credit for everything positive, this has been an ongoing trend. Unfortunately, big tragedies like the one in Las Vegas have us panicking saying that all crime is up everywhere, but the fact is, it’s not.

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