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Rockford – 9th most dangerous city in the U.S.?

On Monday this week, the Rockford Register Star reported  that crime in Winnebago County had dropped a whopping 15 percent from 2008 to 2009, nearly 12 percent during the same period in Rockford alone, allowing Winnebago County to shed the No. 1 crime rate in Illinois.

The data are correct, but apparently insufficient to show increasing violent crimes.

Excerpts:

The Illinois State Police, a repository for crime data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the state, used to release annual crime data every spring.

Over the past several years, the release of such statistics, which are forwarded to the FBI for its annual uniform crime report, has been pushed back further each year partly because of cuts in budget and personnel. It is unknown when 2010 data will be released.

Well, according to the preliminary FBI crime statistics released earlier this week for 2010, the FBI also trumpeted the news that violent crime dropped 5.5% in 2010 while reported property crimes fell 2.8% during the depths of the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression. The news, though, is far from positive.

Excerpt:

A 24/7 Wall St. review of 2010 FBI crime data shows violent crime rose in several of the largest and poorest cities in the U.S., particularly those which have been in decline for some time. Even when crime rates dropped, older urban areas still had more violent crime than other cities. Philadelphia, Cleveland, Buffalo and Hartford finished high on the FBI’s list but failed to make the final 24/7 Wall St. ranking.

and,

24/7 Wall St. looked at the ten most crime-plagued cities in the U.S. with populations of more than 100,000. We used a measurement of crimes per thousand people which is part of the new FBI database to determine the order.

Based on the FBI’s preliminary 2010 data, Rockford was ranked the 9th most dangerous city in the U.S. for violent crimes per capita, which had increased 9.5% to 2270 violent crimes in 2010 from 2074 violent crimes in 2009 with a population of 156,180! Rockford was ranked behind Flint, Mich., Detroit, St. Louis, New Haven, Conn., Memphis, Tenn., Oakland, Calif., Little Rock, Ark., Baltimore, and just before Stockton, Calif.

Here is the excerpt on Rockford:

9. Rockford, Ill.

Population: 156,180
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 14.5
2010 Murders: 20
Median Income: $36,990 (26% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (4.3% above national average)

Rockford has unusually high violent crime rates for a city of its size. Most notably, the city has the fourth highest rate of aggravated assault in the country, with 10.5 cases for every 1,000 citizens in 2010. During the same period, 20 murders occurred, almost double the number in 2000. Quoted by the Rockford Register Star in 2007, Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers said that he believed the city’s “location worked against [it,]” as Rockford receives traffic from the drug markets in Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee, resulting in heightened rates of violence.

The crime rates of some nonviolent crimes dropped from 2009 to 2010, but violent crime increased according to the report. Other areas of the country also had decreases in overall crime still leaving Rockford ranked 9th in the report.

The crime statistics show that public safety should be the number #1 goal of the city administration. The “cops on the dots” policing may be reducing crime rates for some nonviolent crimes, but the preliminary 2010 violent crime statistics just released by the FBI tell a different story.

The people of Rockford need to be told all the facts for their personal safety, and must be made to realize the crime battle is far from over and that the police need to be reinforced before the citizenry become complacent with such glowing statistical reports which do not tell all the facts.

Let Rockford residents see all the crime statistics – for our sakes – including those which were submitted to the FBI for 2010, not just present the “overall” crime statistics, which seem to paint a rosier picture of the city’s criminal activities.

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  1. pundit

    “The people of Rockford need to be told all the facts for their personal safety…” I totally agree with you. The city is putting senior citizens, adults, young adults, little children, and babies in harm’s way by not being honest with us. People are being given a false sense of security.

    Chief Epperson and Mr. Mayor, what are your plans to address this?

  2. Sleeker

    We know the facts about Rockford’s crime. It’s pegged off-scale high and the mayor keeps playing statistical games to make it look otherwise. Rockford residents need to do the following to survive:

    Have a gun ready by your side
    Windows barred and locked
    Deadbolts on all doors
    Alarm system
    Security cameras with night vision recording constantly
    Tough and trained dogs
    Motion sensing outside flood lights
    Neighbors collaborating to report suspicious activity
    Cell phone ready to call 911
    All valuables in bank lock box
    Police scanner

  3. End the war on drugs!

    Sheriff Dick sums it up best.

    ” Rockford receives traffic from the drug markets in Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee, resulting in heightened rates of violence”

    Pretty much we live in a war zone created by a 40 year war on drugs. The scary thing is the more the cops crack down the more crime we will have.

    Everytime the cops make an arrest it only increases the profit in dealing drugs. You think drug dealers are pro or anti drug war? Cops and drug dealers need each other. Without drug dealers we don’t need an army of police. And wihtout the army of police we wouldn’t have drug dealers. Only one way to end this problem, end the war on drugs!

  4. Marcus

    Statistics can be fascinating, but I must admit- I don’t have time to dig right now…

    Aren’t most violent crimes committed by relatives or someone the victim knows? If so- this is an important stat as well.

    In addition- the War on Drugs has been one of the saddest jokes I’ve seen during all my years on this Earth, having terrible effects on our (and other) communities…

  5. Ted Biondo

    Joe and Marcus – The war on drugs isn’t the problem. Why are your solutions always to lower the standards of society to the lowest common denominator?

    Why doesn’t our society just make robbery, burglary and property crimes legal, as long as no one gets hurt, right? Just think of the drop in crime with that scenario. Crime would be cut in half and you might still lose stuff but what the heck, it’s only stuff!

    Most criminals are still criminals and if you legalize one thing, they will just get into something else to make money for drugs, a new car. or whatever. They are criminals. Crime is their vocation. Society needs higher standards not lower ones!

  6. Quixotic

    Ted – Joe and Marcus are correct that a huge factor in crime is the illegality of drugs. We all know the same thing happened with prohibition of alcohol. Making things that aren’t going to go away go underground drives crime, although not all crime, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that legalizing drugs will resolve the problem. I’m very torn on this issue, although I definitely believe that marijuana should be decriminalized at least. Even if the crime rate were not improved, the criminal justice system would be.

    As far as your specious question regarding comparing legalizing some drugs to legalizing robbery and other property crimes “as long as no one gets hurt”, well someone does get hurt in every property crime, although perhaps not physically. Society may need higher standards, but it can certainly be argued that the legalization of alcohol has hurt many people and standards, as well. Was it, overall, a positive or negative thing in your opinion?

    The fact is that what really drives a great deal of crime is poverty, and Rockford hasn’t been terribly effective in addressing or resolving this. I don’t expect things to significantly change for the better in Rockford, as far as crime or the economy, until the powers that be in the City seriously confront the evils of poverty.

  7. Halligan

    Perhaps if the local media outlets got back to dedicating space in print and/or online that had a daily or even weekly round up of the crimes and circumstances around the crimes instead of ignoring it all together unless it’s a murder the citizens would be more aware and hold those people who play games with numbers accountable. Anyone who has access to a scanner or the internet is able to listen to the local police traffic and would be appalled to hear what is going on after dark in Rockford,and then their next question will be “When did armed robberies,stabbings,and shootings become unnewsworthy?”.

  8. Marcus

    Ted- You’re insinuating that my “solutions [are] always to lower the standards of society to the lowest common denominator?” Why do you respond like that?
    Get off your high horse and stop assuming things about people you don’t even know.
    Do you want honest discussion in your blog or do you want to alienate your readers with your own projected conclusions?

  9. I don’t believe giving people the freedom to choose what they injest is lowering society to the lowest common denominator. Not to mention I have rapist and murders a little higher on the POS list then some junkie. But you are free to judge however you want.

    The sad part about the whole Rockford ranking is most people I know don’t even bother to call the cops. It would be scary to see the true numbers. But I’m sure that is true for all these outstanding cities.

  10. Ted Biondo

    Quixotic – when alcohol was legalized, and prohibition ended, the crime syndicates simply increased their businesses in dope, prostitution, numbers, extortion etc. Just like I said – criminals are criminals – just the “business” changes.

    Isn’t marijuana – smoking – haven’t we criminalized smoking – what about second-hand marijuana smoke? You can’t even smoke outside in NY. The politicians who want dope legalized simply want to tax it.

    The poverty argument is BS. My parents were as poor as church mice, invcluding yours truly – we didn’t steal anything, never even thought about it. We just worked harder.

    Everybody in my neighborhood was poor, only the criminals stole anything – it wasn’t because they were poor! It was because they were criminals. This is a liberal excuse for bad behavior.

    Are you saying poverty causes people to steal – typical liberal hogwash. They should have stayed in school and received an education – the only true way out of poverty – raise society’s standards for God’s sake – quit making excuses!

    Work two jobs, three jobs, – my dad did and the kids helped – any job – there were no excuses for taking other people’s property – unless you are the government, of course.

  11. Ted Biondo

    Marcus – sorry I said it that way!

    What I mean is that if people use drugs and the “War on Drugs” hasn’t stopped them – it doesn’t mean you give in to them – Broken windows theory and all that.

    Marijuana also has the same effect on people driving as alcohol and I don’t want drug users on the road anymore than drunks or people using cell phone, texting, etc. Also crime follows use of all drugs, including Marijuana which leads to more potent drugs and stealing to support the habit – it is not a victimless crime.

    Also, I think you are correct that most violent crime is against relatives or someone that you know, like other drug dealers and gang members. But stray bullets have been know to be just as deadly to an innocent victim as the intended target.

    I simply want the city to make all the statistics available to the citizens of Rockford, not just the data that gives us a false sense of security.

  12. Ted Biondo

    Welcome to the blog Halligan – very good points – I remember when the news media did that.

  13. Quixotic

    Ted-

    Your statement that “criminals are criminals” seems to imply that you believe that criminals are born criminals, that it’s in their DNA. Do you identify them by their beady little eyes and weak chins? Or perhaps you use phrenology and study the bumps on their heads?

  14. Ted Biondo

    No, they are not born criminals, but once that path is chosen, it’s very hard for them to change their lives as the recidivism rates for prison inmates show!

  15. truth hurts

    On the note of the city, police, and to a lesser extent the press are all guilty of hiding the ugly truth of the crime in rockford.

    One only has to go down on the west side at night to see the statistics are cooked more than Enron’s books.

    On a blatent (and blatiently ignored) fact is if crime is down why is the winnibago county jail needing all the space it has? Why do they need to hire more officers?

    Please spare me the “its the war on drugs” garbage. As shown in an earlier article in the RRSTAR that most of the inmates in the jail are FELONIES, not getting caught with “a little grass”.

    As for the overall concept of drug users not being criminals….BS.

    Anyone above the age of 6 knows (listen closely) DRUGS ARE ILLEGAL. So the ONLY WAY you go to jail is if you USE DRUGS, DEAL DRUGS, OR POSSESS DRUGS. That means YOU CHOOSE TO GO TO JAIL.

    Personal responcibility, what a concept. It would be sarcasm if it were not true that drug users (especially pot) cry/moan/protest when they get caught doing something illegal.

    Now for those who are addicted I have some sypathy and think some support should be given if the WANT TO GET OFF THEM. But my sympathies stop when they don’t use the help available and go back to them over and over.

    Except for the medical pot issue (not getting into that here), the PRO-DRUG people have not been able to convince the majority (those who seem able not to break the law) to change the laws in their favor.

    So RRSTAR I call on you call on the blatiently cooked statistics put out on crime in rockford.

    As for people who are in jail for drugs, don’t do/sell drugs and you stay out of jail.

    Nothing stings like the truth.

    Keep up the fight Ted

  16. “Please spare me the “its the war on drugs” garbage. As shown in an earlier article in the RRSTAR that most of the inmates in the jail are FELONIES, not getting caught with “a little grass”.”

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. You can receive a felony charge for simple possession. Maybe you should read up on state laws. You get caught twice with any amount in Wisconsin it’s a felony.

    “Anyone above the age of 6 knows (listen closely) DRUGS ARE ILLEGAL. So the ONLY WAY you go to jail is if you USE DRUGS, DEAL DRUGS, OR POSSESS DRUGS. That means YOU CHOOSE TO GO TO JAIL.”

    Once again not true. You ever hear of the charge running a drug house? A parent/roommate can receive this charge if little johnny is up in his room smoking. Mom or dad doesn’t even have to know what is going on. Someone needs to have used, or be using drugs on the property to be charged.

    Not to mention not all drugs are illegal. Caffine, tobacco, and booze remain legel even though the health effects from using are worse then if you smoked marijuana.

    Truth, I would also keep in mind Ted has already came out and said he’s ok with decriminalizing marijuana. Polls also show a majority of americans support legalization.

    The problem is those elected to serve also receive donations from tobacco and booze lobbiest to keep marijuana illegal. Any time you see an anti marijuana ad you can trace it back to one of 3 groups. Tobacco, booze, or Police. This has been going on for so long our older americans have been brainwashed. They believe the propaganda paid for by those who benefit by keeping marijuana illegal.

    I’m sorry but it is pretty screwed up that 10 year olds can buy energy drinks, but adults can’t buy marijuana. Think about that. Does this system really make since?

  17. truth hurts

    Ok joe I take up your challenge.

    I do know a little more than average about the drug laws, its called an internet search.

    Minor possession in the state of IL is measured as 30gm or under, a class A, not a felony. Still illegal. You have to carry more to up it to a felony and so not “simple possession”.

    Your statement “You get caught twice with any amount in Wisconsin it’s a felony” makes my point you CHOOSE to go to jail. You had to get caught TWICE.
    I am supposed to feel sorry for someone who was given a chance and decided to do it again????

    “You ever hear of the charge running a drug house? A parent/roommate can receive this charge if little johnny is up in his room smoking. Mom or dad doesn’t even have to know what is going on. Someone needs to have used, or be using drugs on the property to be charged.”

    Again a half truth to further a goal.
    Unless the officer can determine whos drug it is yes everyone will be arrested and the court will sort it out.
    Yes mom and dad can get their house CONFISCATED for little jonnie having pot in his room. But this is on a case by case basis depending on many facts.
    As for “running a drug house” the idea of that charge over possession of small amout of pot is rediculious.
    For that charge there either has to be so much a charge of possesson with intent to distribute comes into play or there is evidence drugs ARE BEING SOLD out of it (ex crack house).
    If that is the case heck yes the parents/roomate should have known.

    In either situation (drug house or confiscation) why are you blaming the laws for this? How about putting the blame on the idiot who did this to their parents/roomates?
    Or does the law you find wrong give the idiot a “get out of jail” free card?

    “Not to mention not all drugs are illegal. Caffine, tobacco, and booze remain legel even though the health effects from using are worse then if you smoked marijuana.”

    Nice smoke screen (excuse the unintended pun). Try staying away from the pro-pot website and look at some medical FACTS.

    Caffine is only harmful in large quantities or to those who may have particular medical conditions. Heck they give caffine to some preme babies to help them.

    Tobacco does have some medical issues given true. But the lung damage back in the 70’s due to pot (thc content of 3%) was one joint = 3 cigarettes. Now the THC is well over 10%. Also smoking does not alter ones brain and conciousness as does smoking pot.
    Last I saw you can drive smoking a cigarette, but not safely on pot (facts suck dont they).

    Lastly alcohol in small quantities is not harmfull and in some cases has health benifits. Outside of VERY CONTROLLED medical uses, pot has no general health benifits, except for personal pleasure.

    Overall these “drugs” are legal. Pot is not. SIMPLE FACT.

    “I’m sorry but it is pretty screwed up that 10 year olds can buy energy drinks, but adults can’t buy marijuana. Think about that. Does this system really make since?”

    I am stunned at this statement. YOU EQUATE ENERGY DRINKS TO POT? You can’t be serious. While energy drinks are not the best for you. A 10 year old’s brain is still forming and you think giving a halucinagenic drug pot is the same thing.

    Either you are streching or really desparate to justify your point.

    As for Ted’s opinion to legalize pot I will respectfully agree to disagree.

    Yes (ex) there is much problems with alcohol abouse and drinking /driving. So you want to add pot to the mix. Isn’t this like having a house fire and saying “house is burning so lets add gas to it”.

    Overall you have helped make my case that pot users are CHOOSING to go to jail by their actions.

    They know its wrong, they know its illegal, they know they put their parents/roomates at risk of arrest and loss of property, AND STILL CHOOSE TO DO IT.

    Personal responcibility I guess is not convienent for you when it get you into trouble

    The last think I will leave you with is this. Do you want your doctor smoking cigaretts on his break before working on you, or pot?

  18. truth hurts

    Joe one last thing.

    Most minor possession get caught because they were breaking driving rules, smelling like pot,, or otherwse doing something that gave the police officer suspition (aka doing something STUPID).
    Not because they are looking “to stick it to the little guy”.

    Ted I owe you an apology. I did not mean to turn this into a pro-anti pot issue. Just to point out…..

    1. Crime statistics are cooked
    2. The press as a whole is not calling them out on it. Especially in the RRSTAR case, whatever happened to investigative jounalism?

    3. Challenge the myth the jails are full of poor, wrongly procecuted, drug users.

  19. Truth hurts looks like you said a whole bunch of nothing. I’m also not sure what a halftruth is. What I said was true. A feloney for simple possesion is a fact. Check your state laws. You said that you only go to jail for three reason. That was wrong and I pointed out the simple charge of running a drug house. 17 post into the thread and you want to start doing research? How about you come with the truth to start with?

    You really lost me here.

    ““I’m sorry but it is pretty screwed up that 10 year olds can buy energy drinks, but adults can’t buy marijuana. Think about that. Does this system really make since?”

    I am stunned at this statement. YOU EQUATE ENERGY DRINKS TO POT? You can’t be serious. While energy drinks are not the best for you. A 10 year old’s brain is still forming and you think giving a halucinagenic drug pot is the same thing. ”

    Where did I suggets giving a 10 year old marijuana? What I said was it is screwed up that kids can buy energy drinks, while ADULTS can’t buy marijuana. I said nothing about letting kids smoke marijuna.

    As for your defense of caffine, alcohol, and tobacco it’s laughable. Cigrettes over marijuana cause you can smoke cigrettes and drive? Really? Really? That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

    “The last think I will leave you with is this. Do you want your doctor smoking cigaretts on his break before working on you, or pot?”

    Pot. I hate the smell of cigrettes. Plus what kind of doctor smokes cigrettes?

    “Most minor possession get caught because they were breaking driving rules, smelling like pot,, or otherwse doing something that gave the police officer suspition (aka doing something STUPID).
    Not because they are looking “to stick it to the little guy”.

    Then how about you just bust them for the stupid stuff they are doing? I also said nothing about anyone trying to stick it to the little guy. It also isn’t a crime to smell like pot. If it was our jails would be full of skunks.

  20. Ted Biondo

    Bottom line folks is that America needs to have people again take responsibility for their own actions and be held accountable for those actions, drugs, crime whatever. Its’ time to stop making excuses for bad behavior and drugs are bad behavior – people who are so screwed up in their lives, that they can only make it through the day if they are stoned – pretty sad excuse for a waste of a life.

    These people are the first who try to blame someone else for their own choices and actions. Just keep your damn car off the road if you are high – or they should literally throw the book at you and the should confiscate your car whether it is drugs or alcohol for the second offense – we need to start educating people as to life style changes, especially if it is going to affect us all – like killing us in a car accident under the influence of any drugs!

  21. Marcus

    The arguments from Ted, Snuss and Truth Hurts are so full of “red herrings” and far from valid deductive reasoning, I’d be surprised if they took their own rationale seriously.
    I’m sure they have their reasons for their stances, however…

  22. Ted Biondo

    Brilliant deductions Marcus. I see from all your facts, that we don’t stand a chance against your interpretations of the evidence. Where are your facts by the way?

    I can see where a statement as rash as…”America needs to have people again take responsibility for their own actions and be held accountable for those actions, drugs, crime whatever. Its’ time to stop making excuses for bad behavior” and,

    “These people are the first who try to blame someone else for their own choices and actions…” are really beyond all reasoning!

  23. Marcus

    Are you serious Ted? Are you that dense?

  24. Marcus their views are pretty common. It is what it is. I would compare it to racism. If you grow up in an all white hood and never meet blacks, but hear all this awful stuff about blacks, chances are you will end up being a racist. Now on the other hand you grow up in a mixed hood and you are around people of color you learn not to have these fears. You learn they are no different then anyone else.

    “Just keep your damn car off the road if you are high”

    I couldn’t agree more. But I submit this piece for your review. It is a study done by US department of transportation in 1993.

    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/misc/driving/driving.htm

    “Thus, there is evidence that subjects in the marijuana group were not only aware of their intoxicated condition, but were also attempting to compensate for it. These seem to be important findings. They support both the common belief that drivers become overconfident after drinking alcohol and investigators’ suspicions that they become more cautious and self- critical after consuming low doses of THC, as smoked marijuana.”

    “THC’s effects on road-tracking after doses up to 300 g/kg never exceeded alcohol’s at bacs of 0.08 g%; and, were in no way unusual compared to many medicinal drugs’ (Robbe, 1994; Robbe and O’Hanlon, 1995; O’Hanlon et al., 1995). Yet, THC’s effects differ qualitatively from many other drugs, especially alcohol. Evidence from the present and previous studies strongly suggests that alcohol encourages risky driving whereas THC encourages greater caution, at least in experiments. Another way THC seems to differ qualitatively from many other drugs is that the former’s users seem better able to compensate for its adverse effects while driving under the influence.”

  25. truth hurts

    Joe and marcus.

    You can disagree with pot being illegal, that the law is stupid, compare effects of other drugs (ex alcohol and tobacco) and throw out whatever facts (wiether true or pro-pot propaganda) you like. It is first amendment freedom of speech and I will defend your right to do so.

    But the basic, unavoiable, and unquestionable fact is this.

    POT IS ILLEGAL. PERIOD

    If you smoke, possess and/or sell it and you get caught you go to jail.

    Since you know that it is illegal and choose to continue using/possessing then you CHOOSE to go to jail and/or face whatever punishment is in the law.

    The court is not going to care one whit what your OPINION is, did you do the crime (in this case pot) then case closed.

    This pot issue alone shows the problem with alot of people today (like joe and marcus). They think (in this case pot) that the law (whatever it is) is stupid and does not need to be obeyed.

    Hey if you two dont like any law, then get it changed.

    But untill it is changed if you choose to do an illegal activity and get caught, don’t go trying to justify your stupidity by blaming anyone else but yourself.

    If you did it the only person to blame is staring you right in the mirror.

    As the old saying says……..IF YOU CAN’T DO THE TIME, DON’T DO THE CRIME.

    Or my updated version

    LIFE IS NOT BURGER KING, YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE IT YOUR WAY

  26. “But the basic, unavoiable, and unquestionable fact is this.

    POT IS ILLEGAL. PERIOD

    If you smoke, possess and/or sell it and you get caught you go to jail.”

    For a guy named truth you sure have trouble getting your facts straight. If you are caught with marijuna chances are you’re going to get a ticket and have to pay a fine. You won’t be going to jail. Maybe you didn’t hear but the jails and prisons are full.

    You have to be charged with dealing or growing to go to jail. They will charge you with dealing if you have more then the 26 or 28 grams whatever the limit is.

  27. To everyone postiong and reading comments on this website, im a 21 year old who grew up in rockford my entire life. Let me start by saying weed is technicaly decriminalized now in rockford so apparently the authorities have the same ideas and beliefs that i do and thats that weed should not be in the same catagory as heroin, crack, cocaine, meth, ecstasy, acid, alcohol ect. If you are worried about someone smoking weed and coming to commit a violent crime against you. You have a serious misunsderstanding of what the efffects of weed really do, but on a different note, if rockford illinois had something else to offer other than a life of crime or drug abuse it would be a great place to live and grow up. Drug’s only go as far as you want them too. If there were rehab center’s or more halfway home’s and less people that went to prison over drug charges we wouldn’t have to have this argument over violent crimes and violent act’s. We should worry more about getting people lives out of crime rather then worrying about what’s making the crimes happen. Milwaukee, chicago and madison never made someone in rockford commit a crime they wouldnt have done otherwise if we had something to offer.If anythingthose places could argue were corrupting them. Stop blaming everyione else and start at the source, ourselves

  28. Standards are taking us away from the land of the free. There should not be standards other then crimes that cause damage to others and property. Laws to prevent us from hurting ourselves are against what this nation stands for. Not allowing a white man to use any word he pleases in the name of racism is in of itself racist. This is no longer the land of the free this is the land of contradiction and the land of the safe. If we stuck to open carry gun laws and allowed our people to live as they were intended crime would all but diminish. If every man and woman on the streets had a gun the would be criminals walking around would be much less inclined to hurt a fellow citizen. Yes weapons can hurt people and are used to committe crimes but its hard to believe that people are so ignorant to believe that they dont do more good than harm. Police carry weapons why cant the woman that works at a grocery store and lives alone? Why does the law abbiding citizen get hurt? First and foremost we should be allowed to protect ourselves by any way we see fit. I do not believe in the laws of this nation I do not believe this nation is headed anywhere positive and anyone in a position to make a differene is only out for his or her personal gain. This land of ours can be great again but we need to band together and give us our freedoms back and allow us the freedom to do as we please again

  29. I used to live in Rockford during the 1970’s and it was a great place to live. You didn’t have all these crimes going on and you could walk anywhere and be safe at any time day or night. I was shocked to see this has changed. Why isn’t the city doing something? I graduated from East High School in 1971 and left in 1982. Was considering moving back but not at this cost.

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