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  •  don't forget the change in leaded gas (14+ / 0-)

    leading to a change in brain chemistry. For serious.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:22:34 PM PDT

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    •  Many factors. Unleaded gas stands out. (10+ / 0-)

      So many things changed in the period in which crime dropped, that there are several statistical correlations that may or may not point to causation. Plausible causes:

      1. Roe v. Wade. Unwanted children are more likely to grow up to commit violent crimes.

      2. Harsher sentencing laws, leading to a record % of the population being incarcerated.

      3. The obesity epidemic.

      4. Head Start.

      5. Public school integration.

      6. A number of improvements in the environment.

      What makes the unleaded-gas hypothesis especially strong is that leaded gas was not abolished at the same time everywhere in the USA. Some states and cities phased it out before it was banned nationwide. Studies find that the drop in crime happened earlier in the areas that phased out leaded gas earlier.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:30:57 PM PDT

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      •  Well, in DC while they were taking lead (7+ / 0-)

        out of the gasoline, they were switching over to a chemical water treatment system that started to leach lead out of the water pipes - and our crime rate still dropped dramatically.  Congress went insane, but our crime rate dropped.

        Anyway, the point is that integrated public safety systems based on a commonly held respect for and desire to uphold laws and protect citizens of this country is undermined by penalties being set upon people who ask for assistance when they are under siege of criminals.  And it isn't just the protection of specific victims of crimes that is at stake here, either.  It is the entire community that is put at risk when just because they are renters they can't take advantage of the rights to protection from their local municipalities that other people who do own their own property can.  It is somewhat parallel to one person in a neighborhood not calling the fire department - or that horrible story about the fire department not putting out a house fire because the people didn't pay their local fee - and then putting everyone else in the community at risk of losing their homes to fire.  It is stupid and counterproductive.

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