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View Diary: Homeland security my ass. HUGE jump in violent crimes in US. (138 comments)

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    First, an important caveat: I don't live in NYC or Washington, DC, so I don't have first-hand experience of what it's like to be a terrorist target.

    That said, if the authorities really wanted to do something to make me feel safer they would focus on the good old domestic criminals and street gangs. I never worry about being killed by Islamist radicals. I worry about walking outside after dark or having my house broken into every day.

    Thankfully, I've never even been a victim of violent crime and I don't live in a particularly rough neighborhood, so I don't have it that bad. A lot of my neighbors do though. I'm a 15-minute drive from at least two areas where drug dealers and prostitutes do their thing in the open, on the street, 24 hours/day, with relative impunity. People have to live with that day in and day out.

    People in American cities live with heinous levels of violence every day. Here's one story, though there are probably dozens just like it: Two years ago in Minneapolis a 14-year-old girl was sitting at her dining room table doing her homework. She was shot dead when a stray bullet from a gang shootout on the street went through the wall of her house and hit her. To think that you can be sitting at the table in your house and be struck down by random gunfire...if that's not terror, what is?

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