The increase in homicide in the United States since 1985
can be entirely attributed to an increase in killings by young
males in our inner cities. Their victims are other young males.
The myth that everybody everywhere is in danger has been created
by the media and fuels misguided punitive policies. "Drugs"
don't cause violence, but the illegal drug business does.
And above all we know that the extremely high U.S. rate of
lethal criminal violence can be attributed to the easy access
to guns, which have become "decoupled" from the
drug business so that even kids who are not involved with
drug selling have and use guns. Clearer understandings of
the facts of crime are needed to inform public policies that
address the problems rather than the public's fear of crime
and the political ambitions of elected policymakers.