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Who Commits Violent Crimes and How To Tackle The Dilemma – Japan Stabbing

Adolfo Valle for NPR

A rare event in the safest country in the world, Japan. A middle aged man stabbed 19 people at a bus stop near a park 12 miles from Tokyo. Only 2 have been reported dead, a 12 year old girl, and a 39 year old man. The rest were injured, and the attacker committed suicide before being arrested.

Over the years Japans crime rate has continuously gone down, and over 10 years has doubled down. Whereas in the USA, crime rates are not linear, they go up and down continuously remaining high.

In good conscience the Japanese prime minister has taken immediate actions to prevent a follow up attack and to assure children are safe on the streets.

Witnesses are claiming different scenarios, some claiming the attacker was shouting and some claiming that the attacker did not say anything.

Violent crime is unforgivable and many wish for world peace. So how is that achievable? Who raises these people who are capable of such terrible acts? The statistics show, those raised in poverty are thirteen times more likely to commit violent crimes and self-harm due to neglect and circumstantial reasons. The psychological affect of being young and neglected, abused and/or pressured results in a negative outcome of personal development.

Children should be nurtured, educated and taken care of. This falls back onto parents, why are mature adults – living in first world countries – bringing children into poverty and should they be allowed to? No.

Poverty repeats itself, and with allowing those in poverty to reproduce and teach their young bad habits that will continue on is a big mistake.

In a famous exchange between Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald is reputed to have said, “The rich are different from the rest of us,” to which Hemingway replied, “Yes, I know, they have more money.” Liberals have long contended that Hemingway had it right. There is nothing wrong with the poor that a little more money wouldn’t cure. This view is, I believe, profoundly misguided. Money can alleviate the harsh conditions of poverty, but unless it is used to leverage changes in behavior, it will have little lasting effect.

Not only does behavior matter, it matters more than it used to. Growing gaps between rich and poor in recent decades have been exacerbated by a divergence in the behavior of the two groups. No feasible amount of income redistribution can make up for the fact that the rich are working as much or more than ever while the poor are doing just the reverse. Unless the poor adopt more mainstream behaviors, and public policies are designed to move them in this direction, economic divisions are likely to grow.

“The rich give back and the poor take.”

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