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Saturday, January 27, 2007

We Think Iraq is bad?

While everyone is busy looking at the death tolls in Iraq, many are forgetting that the death toll and violent crimes in America is hardly much better and we are not a country hosting the war on terror or facing a daunting reconstruction process.

In America, the crime clock continues to click: one murder every 22 minutes, one rape every 5 minutes, one robbery every 49 seconds, and one burglary every 10 seconds. And the cost of crime continues to mount: $78 billion for the criminal justice system, $64 billion for private protection, $202 billion in loss of life and work, $120 billion in crimes against business, $60 billion in stolen goods and fraud, $40 billion from drug abuse, and $110 billion from drunk driving. When you add up all the costs, crime costs Americans a stunning $675 billion each year. (Source and references listed at the bottom of the page)

A murder every 22 minutes right here in America.

Just some food for thought.