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Response to mucifer (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:01 PM

10. I have never bought the analogy that guns and crime are symbiotic.

Nor do I adhere to the theory that African-Americans are inherently violent or more so than Caucasians or any other arbitrary designation.

More cops also does NOTHING to improve safety - think about it. When do people generally call the police? AFTER a crime or at best during one...maybe 10-25% of crimes happen in the presence of an officer. The shoot outs and gun battles and pursuits all happen AFTER the initial crime far more often than not.

Police clean up crimes, they rarely prevent them.

So what DOES cause crime, especially violent crime? Two things are at or near the top of the list - 1) poverty and 2) lack of opportunity. GOP fools love to then flip this on its head and start babbling on about "equality of outcomes" and "socialism" and "communism" and "fascism" (forgive them, they were mostly dropped on their heads as infants and not shown much human contact as children) - but that is wrong and mainly a deflection to prevent the real issue from being discussed or debated in rational ways.

Poverty - and the root cause of it, the aforementioned lack of Opportunity - are THE driving forces in promoting crime and violence. Much of the gun violence in Chicago and other urban centers is based on gang activity and territorial disputes or vengeance killings. That is no different than the way rich white people use the USA military to enforce policies in Central and South America that dictate control for multinational (read: white American owned) corporations like Dole or Goodyear. To pretend otherwise is simply disingenuous.

Anyone who honestly believes a kid at Martin Luther King High School is getting the same opportunity in life as someone at New Trier or Homewood-Flossmoor or private schools is delusional and it does not stop at High School either. There's only one phrase uttered by Donald Trump that is remotely true, and it is this "It's a rigged system folks". It is indeed and no one in power has the desire or the allies to drag it fully into the open and debate the best ways to actually deal with the problems...so instead we get slogans like "MAGA" and we are pushed into competing tribes for the amusement of the owners. The top 0.01% who are nothing more than the reincarnation of the very monarchy that the American Revolution fought against.

We're heading back to the "divine rights of kings" and the saddest thing is many of the people who will be forced into serfdom are cheerleading the efforts. It is accelerating now and building momentum that will become impossible to stop. Once terminal velocity is reached, there will be a crash. The only questions are when and how bad it will be? In the meantime, the false narratives and racially motivated BS is shoveled in our faces daily and the victims of the system are portrayed as the "real threat" to white suburban voters.

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