A cop shooting by a 74-year-old in South Carolina spotlights the continuing violence of the most violent generation in recent American history.
Barry Latzer is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and author of The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America (Encounter Books, 2016).
That’s the bad news. The good news is that overall gun violence is in fact down, and we have ways to bring it down further.
New York City’s mayor recently boasted that the murder rate is back to 1950s levels. He’s right. And the news is actually even better than that: It may just stay that way.
You’d think that if people are less poor, there’d be less crime. Welcome to the anomaly that has baffled criminal justice experts for a century.