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  •  The stats are there - Drum specifically cites that (13+ / 0-)

    The studies adjust for that, and the increase in crime is not explained by there simply being more people available to commit crimes.

    In fact, there was another population bulge following the Baby Boomers that was expected to produce another swell in the crime rate. It didn't happen and the evidence appears to suggest the biggest difference when all known factors are examined, is lead in gasoline for one group, and not in gasoline for the latter.

    A link to the original story and follow-up posts can be found here. The case Drum makes is both detailed and compelling.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:30:44 AM PST

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    •  I love this addition to the multiple reasons (2+ / 0-)
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      for gun crime. It was something I dealt a lot with in home care nursing.  I had an issue with Levitt and Donohue's research. They didn't include the concurrent increase in birth control use. Having been in the critical ages of 18 + at that time, one of the things that was emerging steadily was access and availability of birth control to sexually active young, and older, women. Additionally, I think Roe V Wade discussions also helped decrease the stigma and reluctance with using birth control. Temporarily brought back by the GOP war on women.

       Women who had not previously been comfortable making the doctors appointment and asking for it, realized it was a very legitimate request. Far better than abstinence or facing an unwanted pregnancy - with abortion becoming a legal out. The growing women's movement was all about standing up and advocating for rights. I will be interested if one woman from that era posts about an experience that was under the radar. Going to an OB-GYN and getting verbally reamed for asking. This was mostly in single women scenarios - not only. One story was a  married woman who had gone to a Catholic doctor. Well, that hasn't completely changed. I am not at all sure how prevalent it was. A lot of doctors were very supportive. Unfortunately, in the cauldron of sex issues at the time, a small number of people could scare many others - until the out loud and public conversations overwhelmed the whispered private ones.

      The point being that those who keep arguing banning or regulating guns won't do anything/enough, are totally missing the huge, complex picture. Which needs a lot more data and research to generate the most effective actions and programs. Oh, yeah, some of the things Obama is working on...  

      The underlying issue for all these problems (paint, gas, unplanned pregnancies) is significantly socioeconomic. From breathing more concentrated gas fumes in crowded neighborhoods, to housing that was more likely to have lead paint years after the danger was known.

      Forward!

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:50:39 PM PST

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