According to the F. B. I uniform crime data report violent crime has increased in 2012 compared 2011, the increase has amounted to 1. 2 percent. The category of violent crime includes murder, rape, assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. (“Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January-December, 2012 “, 2012). Murder is by far the most serious violent crime there is. America has the highest murder rate in the world. The city with the highest murder rate in the U. S so far in 2013 is Chicago IL.
Of the ten most deadly cities in America today, Chicago is number one. At the rate of two murders a day Chicago is on pace to have 730 murders in 2013 this number is up from 2012 when there was 506 murders in the city. (Galik, 2013). Going back to 2012 the deadliest city was Flint MI. which, if the trend continues will be surpassed by Chicago. According to (Galik, 2013) In 2012 Flint MI. has a murder rate of 66. 9 murders per 100,000 people compared to Chicago’s of 18. 7.
Although the city police chief and a city spokesperson would not comment, the Mayor of Flint, Dayne Walling, a PhD and Rhodes Scholar blame “the high murder and other crimes on the availability of illegal guns and drugs”. Other economic issues also plague the city, according to Barillas (2013), “the challenged city, has coped with failing schools and infrastructure, outmigration and industrial collapse” (Para. 5). According to the web site America’s 10 Deadliest Cities 2012, the list of the deadliest cities in America is as follows, (1) Flint MI. hich has already been mentioned, (2) Detroit, MI. with a murder rate of 54. 6 murders per 100,000 people, (3) New Orleans, La. with a rate of 53. 5 murders per 100,000 people, (4) St. Lewis, Mo. 35. 5 murders per 100,000 people, (5) Baltimore, MD. 33 murders per 100,000 people, (6) Birmingham, AL. 33. 7 murders per 100,000 people, there is a tie for number (7) Newark, NJ. and Oakland, CA. with a rate of 33. 1 murders per 100,000 people, (8) Baton Rouge, LA. with a rate of 28. 9 murders per 100,000 people, (9) Cleveland, OH. With a rate of 24. murders per 100,000 people, and (10) Memphis, TN. with a rate of 24. 1 murders per 100,000 people. Galik, L. (2013). All of the above mentioned cities murder rates has stayed the same or has risen. These cities are suffering from gang and drug problems. From personal experience, since the crack epidemic began the competition for money from drug sales and territory has been the major contributor to the violence on the streets of our cities. A dealer can make upwards of $5000 a day selling drugs. Before crack, gangs settle their disputes with fists, knives and sometimes a gun.
When it was discovered the amount of money to be made war over turf became bloody and the murder rate rose in all the major cities. With good jobs leaving the inner city and only minimum wage jobs remaining, the cost of living going up some young men and women saw the drug trade as the only way to make a living. The Addict had to find a way to get the money to feed his or her habit so other crime rates started to rise. Women selling their bodies to get drugs, men and women robbing decent hard working people, it became a nightmare. Living in this type of environment became very dangerous.
I made it out but many people I knew did not, some overdosed but the majority were killed. In conclusion, a good number of American inner cities are in the grip of a wave of murder. The causes of these murders are no jobs, drugs. The proceeds from these drugs allow the dealers and gangs to buy more high-tech weapons. As kids see the hard working person barely getting by and the drug dealer living the high life, a lot of the youngsters will want the good life paying little heed to the consequences of the life. Death or prison waits around the corner for these young people.