Sunday, May 15, 2011


GUN CRIMES HIGH AMONGST TEENS - Firearm homicide rates among 10- to 19-year-olds exceeded the combined rate for all ages in many metropolitan areas during 2006-2007, according to the CDC.  Interestingly, youth suicides from firearms were lower than for all ages combined during the same period, according to the May 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  Compared with the national rate of 4.2 per 100,000 persons per year, firearm homicide rates for the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas averaged 5.2 overall; the highest rates being in the central cities. In all, 66% of these areas had rates exceeding the national rate.  The youth firearm homicide rate was 6.8 for the 50 largest metropolitan areas combined, and exceeded the all-ages rate in 80% of metropolitan areas.
The report looked at firearm homicide and suicide rates in 50 metropolitan statistical areas, which are defined by as “a core area containing a substantial population nucleus, together with adjacent communities.”  Examples of metropolitan areas are “New York; northern New Jersey; Long Island” and “Los Angeles; Long Beach; Santa Ana.”  The 62 central cities such as New York, Newark, N.J., and Chicago referred to in the report generally comprise the core areas.  The CDC suggested that national and state prevention programs directed at reducing firearm violence should focus on youths, particularly in central cities.  Suicides and homicides by guns were the fourth and fifth leading causes of death in the U.S. during 2006-2007, together accounting for approximately 30,000 fatalities each year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published that more firearm homicides were completed by 10 to 19 year old Americans in metropolitan areas than all other areas.  Large metropolitan areas suffer about two-thirds of all firearm homicides in the United States, with inner cities most affected.  To reduce the carnage, the country needs to teach young people ways to resolve conflicts without violence.  In big cities there are technological advances, a lot of money, luxury and pleasure, but young people do not find meaning in their lives and are prone to drugs and gun violence. 

Great progress ... So much on every level medically, militarily. It used to be bows and arrows and guns, then machine guns, then big big guns, then bombs, then atom bombs, then nuclear bombs. ... So with all this progress why the greatest medical problem is mental health, mental disease, depression. ... Insanity, frustration, suicide, just people minds just burst with craziness, they just go on rape people, shoot people. ... So yes, so much tremendous progress but Prabhupada our Guru Maharaj said there is a pinprick in society. There is frustration, there is depression, and there is loneliness. The mind is simply not satisfied. The mind will never be satisfied no matter how much you money you make, no matter how much sex you have, no matter how much power you have, no matter how much position you have, no matter how much land you own. The mind will never be satisfied.

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