The Declining Crime Rate

American Voicespatriotismcrimetrends ISSUE 35•39 Oct 27, 1999

It was announced last week that the U.S. crime rate is down for the seventh year in a row, falling to its lowest level since 1985. What do you think about this decline in American violence?

  • “As an upper-middle-class suburbanite, I'll just have to take your word for it.”

    Michael Field –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I attribute this drop to the nationwide crackdown on casual marijuana users. Thank God those evil fiends are locked up.”

    Andre Coleman –
    Investment Advisor

  • “Does this have anything to do with the recent reclassification of drive-by shootings as traffic violations?”

    Stephanie Wilmot –
    Student

  • “You know what else has been declining for seven straight years? The number of women who want to sleep with carpet salesman Larry Brodt, that's fucking what.”

    Larry Brodt –
    Carpet Salesman

  • “Let's give credit where credit is due. Thank you, Meadowlark Lemon.”

    Elaine Holcomb –
    Homemaker

  • “Crime is down? Hey, man, don't look at me.”

    Arthur Morales –
    Cashier

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