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  1. Daniel
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    Kinda disappointed that “The Wire” wasn`t mentioned in the Baltimore entry .

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    1. Dan
      Dan at |

      SOOO funny I just mentioned it in another comment. That show is as good as breaking bad if not better… on the third season now can’t wait to finish. Jimmy McNulty FTW

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      1. Daniel
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        For me it`s definitely better than Breaking Bad, the forth season of The Wire is probably the best season of any TV show I`ve ever watched !

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  2. mrclam
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    Not only did Oakland make this list, it also recently made the list of “Top Ten Most Expensive US Cities”…so, I guess it costs a lot to get murdered there.

    Cost of Living: 35% above average

    Median Home Value: $492,200

    A typical Oakland apartment rents for $1,604 versus the national average of $870.

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  3. Golbin
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    All of these places are filled with blacks. Why am I not surprised?

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    1. 5minutes
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      I hate to admit it, but statistics don’t like: blacks are far more likely to murder (14x more likely) than whites.

      Now for the harder questions: why and what can we, as a society, do about it? I refuse to buy into the argument that race or genetics somehow plays a role in it, so I have to turn to socioeconomics, and that’s when I realize that the statistics should actually read that poor, young blacks from single-parent homes are far more likely to murder than whites of any class or condition.

      So, what’s the solution? There’s not a magic bullet (excuse the pun), but there are things that can be done that can help:

      1. Education. Sometimes, to fix a problem, you have to go above and beyond. This means putting extra effort into schools in high-crime areas in order to make sure that the kids who are going have a chance – and feel like they have a chance – outside of its walls.

      2. Gangs. Declare all-out war. Use the military if need be. Gangs are using kids as pawns in an organized crime war, so we should respond accordingly. Yeah, if you take one out, there’ll be another 10 waiting to take their place… but if you have a pile of dead bodies, that’ll probably give someone a second thought.

      3. Drugs. While I’m pro-decriminalization, the fact is that drugs screw up kids. More education.

      4. Jobs. Keeping parents employed is critical. The problem is that you have a ton of blacks who are, because of circumstance, dependent on welfare. How do you get them off welfare? You limit welfare and encourage work – and then you provide the jobs. We’ve got to have better job creation in this country than the last 2 Presidents have given us.

      5. Guns. Don’t ban them because it obviously doesn’t work. Instead – educate. This would be a great area for the NRA to do what it does best: educate individuals on proper firearms use. Too many kids learn about guns from TV and the streets. Let them learn from someone knowledgeable instead and you’ll find a bunch of kids who are hungry to learn good information that won’t put them in prison.

      And then… even all that may not be enough.

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      1. Dan
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        Really well written sir. It reads like you are running for office against an incumbent lol.

        I agree with everything you said and wish more people could think objectively. The statistics do show that blacks statistically commit the majority of murders; however, the media has to understand its not a “us” or “them” attitude that is going to raise the bar.

        I can’t help but feel there is a mentality where there should be a role “switch”, where many passionate indiviudals want to see backs on TOP rather than equal, so “the white man can see how it feels”. This is the kind of train of thought that will never provide real solutions. Everyone has to work together toward the criterion you listed in order to improve everyone’s lives.

        Out of all your points I think educate is the most important because it stems into everything else.

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        1. 5minutes
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          I’ll add one more factor: family. We need to make inroads in ending single parenthood. Moms are great, but kids need dads, too. When you treat fathers as optional, boys grow up believing that they are optional.

  4. 5minutes
    5minutes at |

    Anyone else notice that every single one of these cities – every last one – is run by Democrats? And only 2 have lax gun control laws. Just sayin’.

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  5. bayarea
    bayarea at |

    Try Oak-town….

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  6. Becca
    Becca at |

    Camden is way worse than Newark

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  7. Dan
    Dan at |

    Where’s Miami on this list? According to Dexter there is like, 3 serial killers per square mile. 😛

    Also, for The Wire fans out there, seeing baltimore on this list totally reminded me of this rad show.

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  8. Martin Fiero
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    Harvard compared the U.S. to continental Europe on murder and suicide by fire arms. It seems that yes the countries with less gun ownership have more murder/suicide. And it dispels the belief that the U.S. is the most violent country in the west let alone the world.
    here it is:

    http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

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    1. mrclam
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      Nonsense. The US has a murder rate 5x that of the UK, one of the most violent countries in Europe:
      http://www.juancole.com/2011/01/over-9000-murders-by-gun-in-us-39-in-uk.html

      Besides, those statistics leave out accidental shootings, which happen with absurd frequency in the US. Less guns= less death by guns; it’s as simple as that.

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  9. Nate
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    The living standards and quality of life in any given area in America is inversely proportional to the population of blacks in that area.
    The more blacks there are, the worse off it is for everyone, and vice versa.
    While some may falsely claim that this factual statistic is “racist”, no one can truthfully dispute the accuracy of this statement.
    I might also add, that it is this way, not because of anything White people have ever done. It is directly caused by the behavior and lifestyles of blacks.
    There must come a time when blaming everyone else for your problems ends, and taking responsibility for your own actions begins. Either this, or nothing will change.
    Blacks must not depend on Whites any longer to fix their own problems. We grow tired of trying, and we are going to start finally focusing on our own people’s problems for a change. At least then we get positive results and gratitude for our work.
    Blacks are now on their own. Well, minus the food stamps/welfare that we pay to enable most blacks to even survive. But we have no choice in that matter. If we did, it would end tomorrow.

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  10. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Boo. Bad list. If I want to get murdered, I’ll go to Sicilia or Moscow. And piss off the Mafia.

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  11. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    90% of the murders in Birmingham are black on black. The list is also fraudulent because Chicago is # 1 in two categories,

    1. Murder
    2.Stictest Gun Laws

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  12. kidkass
    kidkass at |

    Chicago?

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  13. Grey
    Grey at |

    That last sentence in the Flint entry is a bit irresponsible. Most of the area between Detroit and Flint (including Detroit’s northernmost suburbs) is very safe.

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  14. Jacob Traub
    Jacob Traub at |

    MI

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  15. Chris
    Chris at |

    I agree. I live in Farmington Hills, which is NW of Detroit, almost directly between Flint and Detroit, and it is one of the safest cities in Oakland county let alone the entire lower penninsula. Also, the entirety of Oakland county is a relatively very safe area. The county line litteraly borders Detroit and it is like a whole new world as soon as you cross that line. I hate people who make uneducated remarks

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  16. Charles Campbell
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    How could Memphis, Tn. not be on your list?

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