18 January 2015

Maryland Maintains Status Among "Most Dangerous" States In Country

Despite Rhetoric And Meaningless Claims, Numbers Tell The Truth
18 January 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur

For the second January in a row, Baltimore is going through a scary spike in shootings and murders. Eight people have been shot in the city since Friday. Numerous robberies and assaults have taken place during the same time period.

A 20-year-old shooting victim, a college student, on campus, being loaded onto an ambulance.
Despite all the many good things Maryland has going for it, the inexcusable rate of third-world-like violence remains a permanent blemish on it's record. The seeming silence from politicians and leaders belie the facts of the true hazards to health that living in one of the richest states in the country come with.

Ranking as the eighth most dangerous state in the nation, Maryland would love to delude itself into thinking things aren't so bad. In reality, they are.

It should come as no surprise that Baltimore heavily tilts the balance of the entire state, ensuring it's position on the list. A situation that should concern every Maryland resident, not just those living in Baltimore.

If violent crime isn't addressed in a holistic, comprehensive manner, one that is viewed as a problem affecting everyone, with a sense of urgency, regardless of social or economic status or standing, true solutions will never be had. Expect to see another article exactly like this one, one year from now.

Here are the sobering numbers:

Maryland, the eighth most dangerous state.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 467.8
Population: 5,928,814
Total 2013 murders: 381 (13th highest)
Poverty rate: 10.1% (3rd lowest)
Pct. of adults with high school diploma: 89.1% (24th highest)

Unlike most dangerous states, Maryland’s high crime rate cannot be explained by economic indicators. The state’s median household income of $72,483 was the highest in the country in 2013, and only 10% of Maryland’s population lived in poverty in 2013 — well below the national rate of 15.8%. Also, nearly 38% of residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, more than 7 percentage points above the national rate. Nevertheless, nearly 468 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 residents in 2013. Baltimore’s violent crime rate of 1,401 per 100,000 city residents in 2013 — the seventh highest rate compared to other U.S. cities — may have skewed the state’s overall crime rate.

In a podcast recorded Saturday, James MacArthur candidly expresses seeing little hope for change.

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Researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media.

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