Friday, May 20, 2016

#098: Violent Crime

If I had the money and resources, I would start a nationwide billboard campaign to inform Americans that many of the things they consider to be big "problems" aren't really problems. Each billboard will display a different chart showing how the rates for these "problems" have been experiencing years and even decades-long declines. Teen pregnancy? Down. Childhood obesity? Down. Airplane crashes? Down. HIV infections and deaths? Down. Cancer deaths? Down.

And violent crime? At an all-time historic low since 1978! In fact, overall gun homicide rates have declined by 49% within the past 20 years. Statistically speaking, Americans are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be shot by a gun-wielding maniac. Let me repeat that last part: lightning kill more Americans than mass shootings.

And yet the mainstream media hyper-sensationalizes every minor incident of a gun going off to give the impression that America is more violent that it really is. Americans have nothing to fear but fear itself, but they will never know that as long as politicians and media pundits continue to profit off of their fears.