Detroit: One Of Our Greatest Cities Has Become A Desolate Wasteland Where The Lawless Reign
December 5th, 2012
Once upon a time, Detroit was one of the greatest cities in the entire world. Today, it has become a desolate wasteland where the lawless reign. Once upon a time, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of about 2 million people. Today, it has become a rotting war zone with a population that is down to about 700,000. Once upon a time, Detroit was known for good paying manufacturing jobs and it was packed with middle class homes. Today, nearly all of the good paying manufacturing jobs are gone (many of which has been shipped overseas), and there are more than 30,000 vacant homes in Detroit. The city was once a shining example for the rest of the world, but now it is a laughingstock for the rest of the world. If you can believe it, more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults living in the city are functionally illiterate. The high school graduation rate in Detroit is down to about 25 percent, and the city has become a breeding ground for gangs and violence. The number of murders in Detroit is already higher than last year, and recently groups of young men toting AK-47s have been running around robbing gas stations. How much worse can things possibly get for Detroit?
Many of those in Detroit that are trying to live normal, honest lives find themselves living in fear. There are not enough police officers to deal with all of the crime, and the criminals know it. Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit. Today, there are less than 3,000.
As a result, many average citizens have been arming themselves so that they can defend themselves and their families. This has led to quite a few violent confrontations with criminals. As I discussed the other day, justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by 79 percent during 2011, and the rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is about 2200 percent above the national average.
At this point, even the police are telling people to “enter Detroit at your own risk”. The number of murders has already exceeded the total from all of last year and we still have about a month to go…
The killings were the latest in what has been a particularly violent year in Detroit. The city announced last week that homicides rose this year, reaching 354 through Thanksgiving after totaling 344 for all of 2011.