Our Growing Police State

American Thinker

Last  week, the FBI released its preliminary crime statistics for the first half of  2011, and across the nation violent crimes dropped 6.7% while property crimes  dropped 3.7%. This continues a downward trend that dates  back to the 1970’s.

Many  of the violent crimes reported this year have been sensational.   Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Federal Judge John Roll were  targeted by a lone, crazed gunman and there were a number of other gruesome  crimes. The Giffords/Roll shooting was brought to an end by a bystander. The Ft.  Hood massacre on November 5, 2009, which killed 13 American soldiers and wounded  29 others was brought to an end by two base police officers using conventional  sidearms and procedures. The warning  signs for this terrorist attack, the first on American soil since 9/11,  were ignored and yet it was the local cops on the beat who faced and dealt with  a terrible crime.

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