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    EastcoastChick

    ot.  One of the things I expect is some reasonable safety of body and person for myself and my children.  That is a very basic right in my opinion.  Now, would a different approach work better - I think it would - but as it is - something does in fact have to be done - and that isn't emotional arm waving, that is a fact.  As a citizen, and a parent, I expect here, and if I lived in Chicago would expect there, that the situation would be handled, effectively - using the least level of force needed yes, but using adequate force.  If the police can do it - that's preferred. If MORE police can do it, that's preferred.  If NEITHER can do it... well... if it weren't for the g-men in the 30s I very much doubt that we would be a free people now, so let what needs to happen, happen.

    On the other hand... Canada has a higher PER CAPITA gun ownership than we do, watches the same movies and TV and has an almost non-existent murder rate.  There is something else going on in the US, and I've never been able to put my finger on it.  It may relate to the incredible disparity between rich and poor.  It may relate to the self-immolating nature of conservative religion.  It may relate to many things, but its here and how to deal with it - I don't know.  There needs to be a discussion and in cases like Chicago, there needs to be action.

    Regards.

    •  You touched on an important point (3+ / 0-)
      Canada has a higher PER CAPITA gun ownership than we do, watches the same movies and TV and has an almost non-existent murder rate.  There is something else going on in the US, and I've never been able to put my finger on it.  
      The American culture is unique.  

      Violence of all type are implicitly encouraged. We like to use our words to berate people into submission.  We like to use the law via lawsuits to bully people into submission. We like to threaten people with physical violence.

      Americans are rude.  It is so natural for us that we don't even realize it.  

      I don't know how many times I've read one of those nice, feel good news stories, and see the comments peppered with negativity.  

      I don't know how many times I've read or heard personally about some dispute between two people and one person decides to sue them when the dispute was minor and could have been resolved with a conversation and an apology.

      Oh, and how common are phrases like, "I'll kick their ass!", "I'll punch their face in!"  and the like.

      Americans regularly swim in a toxic stew of anger and violence.  Sprinkle that with income disparity, lack of upward mobility, along with a couple dashes of the isms (racism, sexism, etc)  and you have the reason why our citizens can't seem to be more civilized and refrain from hurting each other.
       

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