U.S. violent crimes last year increased by the highest percentage in 15 years, the FBI said on Monday, but Justice Department officials rejected any suggestion that an anti-terrorism emphasis and federal funding cuts were to blame.
(i.e. We're experiencing the largest increases in violent crime since the days of President Bush the Elder.)
So, why more violent crime? After all, aren't we incarcerating a higher percentage of the public than ever before in US history? Why yes... yes we are.
Perhaps it has something to do with the growing disparity between the rich and the poor, with more and more people being squeezed out of the middle class... or with this joke of an economy we have, where we celebrate the growth of lower-paying jobs, even as higher paying ones are being outsourced overseas. Or maybe its something to do with a growing culture of violence, anger, and divisiveness, at the expense of scientific, cultural, and intellectual pursuits. Or maybe it's because Republican politicians are unwilling to tell the NRA and fellow gun owners that they should work together to create moderate legislation to make the gun trade and gun ownership safer, while keeping weapons out of the hands of violent criminals.
It's foolish for many of those on the Right to enthusiastically support politicians who restrict people's right to peaceably assemble, who strip people of their right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures, who deprive people of their life, liberty, and/or property without due process, who take away their rights to a speedy and public trial, but who insist that their rights to bear arms should be so unrestricted that any hardened violent criminal can get ahold of a lethal weapon.
Under such circumstances, many on the Right have forsaken their responsibility to be guardians of the Constitution, and have chosen instead to be little more than armed vigilantes, who in their hearts feel that this great experiment in democracy simply does not (or should not be allowed to...) work.
All or nothing, people. All of your rights, or none at all.