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But I digress...There has to be a better solution

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By John Pawlak

There are some pretty despicable people out there in this world. The unspeakable atrocities done by some can sicken the strongest among us and bring to a boil even the most forgiving disposition.

Sadly, our country is not immune to such vile behavior. The United States has always enjoyed being a leader in the world and violent crime has never been an exception to the many lists in which we find ourselves competing for first place.

Earlier this year however, the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI released “some good news,” announcing that for the second year in a row, the number of violent crimes has dropped.

One does need a sense of humor when dealing with the government. “Good news” translates into having “only” 1.4 million violent crimes, including 17,000 deaths by murder and manslaughter.

Yes, it was worse in the early 1990s and overall violent crime has decreased by 37 percent in the past 15 years, but somehow that doesn’t alleviate the pain suffered by the families of the victims.

And so when someone does murder, the people call out for retribution. They call out for justice. They call out for the death penalty. Yes, I know ... this is yesterday’s news, but I view it as tomorrow’s problem.


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