It was about 5 years ago on the Fourth of July. His face was bloody but the shouting had died down. A fight on the beach. I strolled over as it came into my periphery and stepped straight to the young man. I asked him if he was done fighting. I didn't care about the reason and I told him so. He looked me in the eye, breathing heavily and said "Yeah, I'm through." Implicit in my voice was the warning that I was stepping in and making it my business. I'm an asshole, I know. Assholes provide a very good function, they let the shit get out, because it's doing no good all bottled up inside.
That's the last time I thought I might have to fight, for real.
According to the LA Times, there have been 14 murders over the past 13 years in my town of 67,000. That's far more than I thought but pretty damned safe. That gives us a murder rate of (14/13) * (67/100) = .72. I had been quoting something like (4/17) and was fairly sure that the LAT was my same source. Either way, this is a very safe place to live. Now I've started this project to augment the following casually accurate YouTube presentation by Bill Whittle, with a purpose to pull out the most violent cities, and give a 'rest of America' statistic.
I've run into a bit of a sticky wicket at this early stage, which is that the data I have is dirty and I don't have the patience right now to clean it up and fix it. But here it is in its current state:
That doesn't change the fact that I do put together from time to time an entire library of stuff into my Evernote Memory Hole that supports the detail of what gives me the understanding that I have, aside from mere brilliant deduction and inspired induction. Here's another set of stats a bit more up to date but less comprehensive:
At some point I will migrate all of this towards a more permanent and easily navigable display, as I also intend to do with the larger project behind this one which will be a comprehensive set of snappy answers to stupid Second Amendment questions. Stay tuned. Stay safe. Stay sane.