I devoted thirty years of my life to the study of the history of crime in the United States and the world. I taught courses in the history of crime that included members of police departments. If there is one thing that I know is what has happened in the past and present about the issue of crime. At this juncture in American history the rate of crime is at its lowest. Americans today are safer than at any point i n our history. Criminals no longer linger on highways ready to hold up stage coaches and we actually have police forces. The initial police forces in America first appeared about the 1850s and 1860s. Prior to that point no policemen were on the streets of our cities and thus any person was subject to violence at the hands of criminals. Gangs roamed the streets of most American cities and they robbed and killed people. TGhe murder rate in New York City during the 19th century was about ten times the current rate.
So, what is reality to the current frightened American public?
1. There has been no terrorist attack since 9/11.
2. Actually, if normal procedures had been followed in the Bush administration to check on terror groups there never would have been a 9/11.
3. Ironically, in the nineteenth century there were stricter laws about weapons than in current America.
4. Today, anyone can employ the services of companies that provide protection against robbery. If you want to be safe, pick up the phone and get your home secured.
The sky is NOT falling. We are safe and secure. It is the best of times to be alive in modern America if you do not want bad people to kill or rob you!