Why is Violent Crime on the Rise in DC?

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Elizabeth Conley, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/19/violent-crime-dc-surges-2012/

    The increase in violent crime is leading to a relaxing of DC's unconstitutional laws making legal gun ownership prohibitively difficult. I'm always glad when the Constitution gains ground, but I still wanna know. Why all the crime?

    Is it because there's a huge divide between rich and poor in DC? I know a lot of contractors are flocking to DC because during the Obama administration there's been big growth in DC, while projects on military bases elsewhere have dried up. Most of them have to live outside of DC and commute in to work, because housing is so expensive inside the beltway.

    Everywhere I've seen that had mostly rich and poor people, violent crime has been a real problem. I gotta wonder.
     
  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Could it be that the DC PD is so busy trying to find those wiley terrorists that it is ignoring the common criminal?
     
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  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Fine upstanding citizens all; lots of cash payments in that sector, more than there should be.
    Crime is up elsewhere. The middle class has been vacuumed out to a large degree. Greed was good. Now maybe predation is cool. Banks do it, just via paper.
     
  4. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I wasn't trying to put down contractors, far from it. I was just saying that that's where one of the few growth industries is. The federal government's least helpful functions are in DC, and they've grown enormously during the Obama administration. The contractors are just looking for work, and DC is where it's at.
     
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    unemployment among african americans is double that of whites, around 17% and youth unemployment is over 40%. If I were to guess, I'd look there.
     
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  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Income disparity in DC, as in Baltimore and many similar cities, is off the charts. Some of us have been predicting the rise of civil unrest and, in particular, violent crime. So this story comes as no surprise.

    It doesn't make me feel better, that's for sure, but the answers are staring us in the face, only our overlords don't give a (expletive deleted). "Let them eat cake, let them riot, let them rob -- we can just retreat to our gated communities, our armored cars, our fancy yachts. (expletive deleted) the poor people. Jobs? Jobs?? We don't need no stinkin' jobs."
     
  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    P.S.

    D.C.’s recent crime spike, in context
    Also, it is true that the weather has been crazy warm. Crime always spikes in warm weather simply because more people are out and about.

    (And as tangentially related story, I'm reposting the fact that crime in Oakland, Ca. was down when Occupy Oakland was going on.)

    Still, I think that the worsening of the economy overall is going to bring more crime. I think it's inevitable.
     

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