It was a heavy day for crime coverage. ABC's Pierre Thomas covered the latest depressing development. Violent crime continued to get worse during the first half of 2006, according to FBI statistics. Armed robberies are "surging at an extraordinary pace." Thomas recited a litany of causes: gangs in mid-sized cities, recidivism among recently released ex-cons, heavily-armed teenagers and federal resources diverted to Homeland Security.
Factors he did not mention included the depletion of police forces by National Guard call-ups, erosion of gun-control laws, or crime related to methamphetamines or other narcotics.
It is always hard to tell whether unmentioned factors are glossed over because they are irrelevant or because of an oversight. If Tyndall Report readers come across other reporting on factors behind the rise in violent crime, post a link in the comments for us to check out.
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