U.S. Crime – A National AND Personal Problem

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Sixteen-year-old Denise King was living with her mother, her aunt, a 10-year-old sister and a 3-yearold brother when a violent, armed gang of young men broke into her family’s Washington, D.C., apartment early on the morning of April 9, 1994.

The intruders held Denise, aunt and her mother on the floor of the apartment. As the teenage girl prayed aloud for the lives of her younger sister and brother, who were in another room, she, her mother and her aunt were each shot once in the head. Denise died instantly; her mother, aunt and the younger children survived. The young men then fled, taking some (1) By Bob clothing, a few CD’s and $500. It turned out that they had invaded the wrong apartment; the drug dealer they were looking for lived elsewhere.

As we head into the 21st century, one of the greatest threats facing our country is not a foreign enemy, but the epidemic of violence that has already destroyed so many of our communities and now threatens every segment of our society. America’s crime rate, the highest of any industrialized democracy, is twice what it was only 30 years ago. In 1994 Americans experienced more than 42 million crimes, including 11 million violent crimes. The annual cost of violent crimes is over $400 billion.

Even these statistics do not fully capture the human cost of crime: the neighborhoods that will never recover; the pervasive fear that grips so many Americans; the families whose hopes and dreams for their children have been wiped out.

What is both heartbreaking and terrifying is that our young people constitute the fastest-growing category of criminals. Over the past decade, juvenile crime has increased by 75 percent, while the murder rate for those between ages 14 and 17 rose by 165 percent. Juvenile offenders today are increasingly merciless, committing vicious acts for trivial reasons: a pair of sneakers; a glance mistaken for disrespect.

What can we say when confronted with this brutality? Throughout history, we

t make schools and, most importantly, they have relied on churches and family to teach our children the values that form the foundation of a civilized society. The root cause of crime is not economic poverty, as some suggest, but moral poverty. At no time in this country was there more poverty than during the Great Depression, but violent crime rates steadily declined after 1933.

Since Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty in 1965, the Government has spent trillions of dollars on social programs, while crime has skyrocketed. Although Government cannot build good character, it certainly should not undermine the moral values that have anchored our society. Government programs that subsidize illegitimacy, indolence and drug abuse must be ended. Reforming our failed welfare system would be a good start. And we must also hold other institutions accountable:

For example, the mainstream media—the television, film and music industries—have trivialized traditional values by glamorizing casual sex, drug use and violence. Crime is a national problem, and we need a national crusade to combat it.

We must insure that every American is secure by guaranteeing tough sentences for serious criminals, both adults and juveniles, by supporting local law enforcement, and by cracking down on the drug trade that infests our inner cities and threatens our children.

Although she died, Denise King’s prayer was answered: Her sister and brother were spared. With a comprehensive strategy on crime, our prayer may be answered, too: those tragedies like Denise’s may never happen again.