How to fight crime? Get the lead out

  • Article by: BRIAN F. RICE
  • Updated: January 15, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The mayor may be missing the real explanation about why crime has declined so much over the last two decades here and across the country.

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minn12Jan. 16, 1312:28 AM

Just when you think you've heard it all, now comes the most ridiculous, absurd theory I've ever heard. Crime is down for many reasons, including one big reason the liberals will never admit: the massive increase in the number of states allowing citizens the right to carry firearms. Peer-reviewed studies show an absolute correlation between that increase, and violent crime rates dropping in all states where concealed carry was implemented. Other reasons include longer jail times and the end of the gang cocaine/crack wars. 'Lead' ain't got nothing to do with it. By that logic, people who pumped gas and worked in gas stations and ammunition factories back in the day should have all been raving lunatic murderers. Interesting read though, I had a good laugh.

furguson11Jan. 16, 13 4:24 AM

The 20 year lag between lead abatement/reduction efforts and violent crime is pretty facinating and has been discussed for the last half-dozen years or so. If you're a poor kid who lives in a run-down house next to a freeway, there was a real chance that you would suffer the effects of lead exposure at a young age, effecting your whole. It points out that we live in a system and many things can effect criminality.

davehougJan. 16, 13 6:35 AM

OR the percentage of young males has dropped as the population ages......

nonewtaxesJan. 16, 13 6:54 AM

Abortion is another factor in the reduction in crime rates. Fewer criminals are being produced.

getcrazyJan. 16, 13 7:02 AM

@minn12--"Crime is down for many reasons, including one big reason the liberals will never admit: the massive increase in the number of states allowing citizens the right to carry firearms." ----I'm certainly no gun control advocate but this is pretty far off. There have been over 800 gun deaths in the United States since the school shooting one month ago that killed 20 children. over 800 people in on month are dead from gun deaths. In the last two years an equal number of Americans have died in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. I can't accept that theory because it should be safer here than it is in a two places where there are American troops fighting two war. over 800 deaths here in a month compared to 800 in two wars over a two year period? More guns or guns being in the hands of people that shouldn't have them is clearly not helping. The lead problem has been proven multiple times over by respected and highly educated individuals who have nothing to do with gun control or proving anything for or against it.

waterdogzJan. 16, 13 7:09 AM

Correlation is not causation. This may have some bearing, but it sure seems to be a stretch. What was that popular book a few years ago that talked about abortion rights leading to reduced crime? Was it Freakonomics? Their analysis seemed more realistic.

savagedruidsJan. 16, 13 7:12 AM

Violent video games. No need to really be violent, video games provide a substitute.

ninetyninerJan. 16, 13 7:36 AM

Interesting observation. It would be hard to prove that lead is the main factor in violent crime, but it may be a contributing factor. Our society loves the idea of the silver bullet that is the cause of all our troubles. While it surely simplies and villifies things, it rarely if ever holds true.

ginny6Jan. 16, 13 7:56 AM

This is definitely a factor.

hobie2Jan. 16, 13 8:47 AM

"There have been over 800 gun deaths in the United States since the school shooting one month ago"... GREAT News! That means US deaths from firearms in the past month is almost half of what it was last year (1500/month). And with well over half of the firearms deaths in the US suicides (55%), those projected 4,320 homicides for 300 million people means the US homicide rate (1.4 per 100,000)is now equal to or lower than Australia, Canada, and Europe - places where the government says they can't have firearms unless the government lets them, and they have so few people owning firearms and not all police carry firearms. Based on the 800 gun deaths in the past month that the gun control crowd is holding up, we are showing that we are the most peaceful people on the planet - or the 800 number is wrong... Facts, not hysteria, solve problems.


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