There has been a heated debate over gun control in the United States. Homeland security is an issue that is challenging many more countries in the world too. The U.S is not alone on this. Take a look at Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya. We live in a system that perpetuates crime. In the long run, it is the reaction of people towards the judicial system that determines their resolve to improve or worsen the situation.
Oppression eventually leads to crime. Oppression in this case is a word I use to represent the subjection of conflicting values upon another human being. A critical assessment by the affected victim of any experience he is subjected to via other people will inevitably lead to a conclusion that either results in crime or a productive coexistence with his environment.
It will surprise you that the most developed nations of the world happen to report the highest crime rates in the world. These are countries with advanced economies and technologies. The poverty levels in these countries are very low. Most people live on a comfortable household income that allows them to pursue secondary motivations. So the real question is what exactly precipitates such high crime rates?
Highest reported crime rates by country
According to Reuters, personal conflicts form the greatest inciting factor for murder in the U.S. In the U.S 30,000 people are estimated to die from gunshot wounds each year. From these number the people that die through suicide is twice the number of those that die via homicides. These people would rather end an internal conflict than seek to end someone else’s life. There are a significant number of cases where both happen at the same time.
This clearly demonstrates that inner pain as opposed to hate prevails as the more influential factor for violence. The violence is not solely attributable to firearm possession given the case of Jerome Bonneric from Vancouver who stabbed seven people inside an apartment building. Anything can become a weapon when in the hands of an oppressed person.
Jodi Arias (Arizona)
Jodi Arias has been charged with several counts of murder after shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear. Her defense was that she was a victim of domestic violence and she was simply defending herself. She later on was found to have lied during her interrogations by giving various versions of the murder incident and events that led to it. The increasingly oppressive nature of her trial has interfered with her decisions and thus incriminating her in further felonies thus undermining the justice system.
Normally when a jury establishes that a crime was committed in self defense, the case is settled and it is declared that justice is served. Order however remains a completely unresolved issue. Freeing the innocent suspect does not do much to prevent them from future abuse. He/she will still live in fear of further oppression and may react in the same way once the incident happens again. Convicting a felon of relationship related crime also does not help matters since they do not become better partners in jail.
James Holmes was a mild mannered young man from Aurora, Colorado who didn’t seem to have much of an appeal to women. He is reported to have hired several prostitutes who he slept with and reviewed on dating sites. He also had accounts on several matchmaking websites but there are no reports of him having an intimate romantic relationship with any specific lady in his life from his own neighbours, schoolmates and family members. Despite his excellent grades from college he had trouble finding work. When he landed an internship as a programmer for a Biological institute for an experiment he felt inept and cornered since he had to learn coding during the internship whilst his college major had been in neuroscience. James was reported to have lived alone. He was intending to quite his PhD studies at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Reports also claim that he was going to be evicted from his apartment once he discharged himself from the PhD program. This was a man who saw himself caught between a rock and a hard place. The end result was a mass shooting of in a cinema theatre.
Richard Ferreria and Thomas Alton Caffall III are two similar independent cases of persons who broke out into a violence shooting rampage after receiving eviction notices from their local police authorities. They resorted to violence and killed police officers who had been sent to physically remove the evictees.
Government systems seem to be doing a lot to deal with crime but nothing to help resolve the causes of these crimes.