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AmcmurryFreedom Wrote:So, let's start with a search on "hiding crime statistics", where you locate a very good Enterprise Portal Of Information that discusses increased prison populations whereby many states are channeling funding to build more jails and prisons to accommodate those so called reduced crime numbers............give me a break from the hypocrisy. I have never heard of a more loaded Google search in my life. I did as you asked and typed in those exact words. A whole bunch of junk came up, so I added 'America' to my search. Still, a whole bunch of junk came up from local news papers and conspiracy websites. What exact legitimate database are you searching that I can't find? A conspiracy site or a local news website doesn't really cut it.
AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: Now go search on "Crime statistic mapping", where you will locate numerous web sites showing state maps where crime is at foremost concern to a peaceful nation. A link on PolicyMap.com shows FBI numbers increasing on violent and property crimes between 2011 and 2012, plus, you can sublink to each state accessing crime data. However, beware there is a method that our society uses to hide the data, because they want their communities to grow with new citizens moving into the area. Would you want to relocate to an area that has increased crime? Another link I located was a great information page noting prisons do not report countless crimes within their border walls. So many crimes go unreported, like rape, murder, assault theft and whatever goes on in prison life. The FBI noted the number of violent crimes reported to the police rose 0.7 percent and the estimated number of property crimes decreased by 0.9 percent. That is a minimal increase of one and a minimal decrease of the other. A 0.7 percent increase of something in a country of 300 plus million is a statistically insignificant number. The same goes to the 0.9 percent decrease. Again, what legitimate source are you looking at that is telling you different?
AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: See http://www.vnews.com/opinion/12626653-95/column-statistics-hide-how-much-crime-has-merely-been-shifted This is an opinion piece from a local newspaper in New York. I don't disagree with you that we have an epidemic of rape and murder in our jails, but that is a problem that is entirely different than gun control and crime statistics in the greater American population. This is a prime example of a red herring, meaning you put forward a 'seemingly plausible, though ultimately irrelevant, diversionary tactic.'