Clayton Cramer & SF Chronicle on inner cities and crime
Right here. The point is made by one officer: you have entire areas where everyone, but everyone, is growing a psychopath. How do you deal with that?
The scary part is that that situation can't possibly be stable for long. A society where everybody, or even a majority of people, were psychopaths would fly apart within days; you couldn't have the cooperation social life needs unless you could trust your neighbors.
What, other than pressure from the outside, is keeping the 'hood together and how long can it last? In what way would the "flying apart" happen, and what would the people in the ghetto end up doing once the ghetto was no longer a viable place to remain?
Me, I'm glad to be four to five hours' drive away from the nearest such area myself. That might be just about enough...
Posted by: - at December 14, 2007 09:21 AM
If I read the article correctly, the minimal stabilizing force is the older generations (typically 2nd- or 3rd-degree relatives) who give the quasi-orphaned children a place a sleep while they learn the criminal trade from older relatives/acquaintances.
I have a morbid curiosity about what the "fly apart" phase would look like, once the internal stabilizing forces in the neighborhood evaporate.
As Cramer says, there may not be a Constitutional solution.
Posted by: karrde at December 14, 2007 10:56 AM
Gun owners need to better appreciate that inner city violence is THE primary driver behind the incessant calls for gun control, however ineffective. Gun ownership is not threatened by the mall crazies, but it is jeopardized by the urban war zones created by fifty years of nanny liberalism. We may be physically safer in suburban or rural areas, but there's no escaping the political fallout.
Posted by: PN NJ at December 14, 2007 03:18 PM
http://www.fredoneverything.net/FOE_Frame_Column.htm --> # 378 "Race and Crime"
Fear of blacks chiefly drives the furor over the right to own guns. Conservatives don't want guns from fear that a Jewish dentist might crawl through the window at night. Liberals do not fear white duck-hunters or the white suburbanite with a pistol in his closet. It's arm against blacks, or disarm them, though few will admit it.
Posted by: Anonymous Coward at December 14, 2007 06:58 PM