Drops In Crime Rates
March 25, 2007 § 12 Comments
I saw this and thought the whole story made perfect sense…Rather than put it into my own words I give you the article for you to judge for yourself. Thought provoking to say the least.
April 14, 2006 — – Why did crime, which rose steadily thru the 1970s and 1980s, suddenly reverse itself and start dropping? Violent crime became a fact of life in American cities in the 1970s, and New York was especially scary. In 1979, New York City saw 16 murders committed in the subways alone.
And the problem seemed unsolvable. “There was not a lot of confidence there was going to be any major significant drop in crime,” said Jim Finckenauer, professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University.
“The rise in crime, although something that troubled people, was pretty much taken as kind of the way it is,” Finckenauer said.
But then, something surprising happened: throughout the 1990s, the crime rate plunged, and experts are still debating the reason for the drop in crime.
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, the authors of “Freakonomics,” think they know the real reason, and their conclusions have generated a fair amount of controversy. The drop in crime, they say, came about because of abortion.
How could abortion affect crime rates?
Crime and Punishment
There was no shortage of politicians taking credit for making the streets safer for Americans.
President Clinton claimed the drop in crime was the result of an increased police presence in cities throughout the United States.
“He had called, remember, 100,000 police officers on the street, all sorts of crime initiatives — he got to bathe in the glory of a reduction in crime,” said Finckenauer.
And in California, Gov. Pete Wilson claimed the drop in crime was the result of the “three strikes and you’re out” initiative that threw more repeat felony offenders in jail.
Back in New York, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani began getting tough on minor offenses. “It has to do with paying attention to the things we were ignoring in the past. Aggressive panhandling, squeegee operators, graffiti: You pay attention to these things, and all of a sudden you’re gonna start to see murder come down by 30 [percent], 40 percent,” Giuliani said.
But who was right?
The Unborn Criminal
“I spent about five years studying the different reasons why crime would fall. Was it police? Was it prisons? Was it the economy?” Levitt asked.
Levitt came to the conclusion that about 40 percent of crime’s decline was the result of locking up a million more criminals. Fifteen percent of the drop was attributed to the waning of the crack epidemic. And roughly 10 percent could be credited to having more cops on the streets.
“What’s left over — 30 [percent] or 40 percent — I actually believe is attributable to a cause that no one ever expected, which was the legalization of abortion,” Levitt said.
“It’s a very simple theory. Unwanted children are a tremendous risk for growing up and having criminal lives,” said Levitt. “With the legalization of abortion, many fewer unwanted children were born, therefore, the children who were most at risk for being criminals — they were never born.”
The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, but crime didn’t begin to drop until some 18 years later. Levitt believes this can be attributed to the fact that young adults aged 16 to 24 commit the most crimes.
Levitt’s theory has attracted its share of critics. Some considered it a racist statement.
(A racist statement? Where exactly did anyone mention race? Do you see where the at-risk disadvantaged youth get their guidance? From assholes who take a perfectly well researched study and turn it into a racial issue because it involves crime rates. The people professing to help the troubled race are the ones who associate them directly with crime rates by such irresponsible statements and accusations of racism! Nobody said we should kill unborn niggers to reduce crime rates…although…hmmm. Never mind.)
“I was born to a poor single mother, and I became a presidential candidate and a minister. So why wouldn’t he assume there’d be more of that?” asked the Rev. Al Sharpton.
(Yes…we certainly need more Al Sharptons! Let’s stop and think about that. A presidential candidate and a minister? Is he fucking kidding? He is a laughingstock among borderline nitwits and above! What if Sharpton had ended up an abortion? What would this planet have lost today? Tawana Brawley would not have ruined careers and wasted our time with her phony bullshit excuse for not getting home on time from a night of wilding….What exactly has Sharpton contributed to society? Anyone? )
Levitt was attacked by conservatives as well. “The response from the right was ‘this is crazy because abortion is murder,'” Levitt said.
(Crazy because it is murder? Again, the idea, no matter how logical and real it might be, cannot be right because it goes against someone’s personal morals? What a bunch of fucking imbeciles. The fact that people can’t seem to think beyond their own personal opinions is what is driving this country to ruin. They scream for us to open our minds yet they couldn’t have their own locked down any tighter! We live in bizzarro world…that’s the only explanation.)
And even some economists find little to support in Levitt’s theory. “Maybe abortion had some small effect. I don’t think you can pull it out of the data,” said Theodore J. Joyce, professor of economics and finance at Baruch College in New York.
…I think it makes more sense than any other theory. People’s willingness to believe it seems only based on their moral and political opinions of abortion. That shows a complete lack of logical thinking which ultimately is what is wrong with this fucking society today. Truth and logic carry no weight in any arguments. Focused opinions of individual issues are all that people use to dispel the obvious cause of the big picture. We live in a world controlled by loud mouthed idiots. Real problems will never be solved because of them.