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  •  I know the area (1+ / 0-)
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    Georgia Logothetis

    though it has been a decade since I've been there and that only for a visit. My sister used to live there... actually at different times I think both my sisters lived there. And the last time I visited Chicago I visited one in Rogers Park right by the lake.

    The area is... safer... but hardly safe in absolute terms. Me, I lived in that little bit of green down by all that red. Again, vastly safer then the red even being that close to it, but not exactly safe if you weren't smart about what you did and when.

    Two things really jump put at me... one, that even as bad as the numbers are in Chicago today (over 500 gun deaths last year) it is only a little over half what it was when I was a kid growing up there.

    And two, the position of Illinois as a whole relative to the rest of the states on this Mother Jones chart I just saw on facebook that correlates gun ownership percentage by state to gun deaths per 100,000.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:25:31 AM PST

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    •  much has to do with the perspective of time (1+ / 0-)
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      Andrew C White

      LA had over 1000 murders/yr in the early 90s. Violence has dropped everywhere for years (now LA is down to around 300), but recently headed back up in Chicago - probably largely because of gang turf wars. But in overall terms, violence is still on a downtrend nationally.

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