Either crime has gone up.
Or the media are just reporting it more.
Exactly. Why assume option #1 when option #2 exists?
Either way there is still something horribly wrong when you've got gangs of pre-teen (talking ages as young as 7) going around attacking people and property just for the hell of it. And the *beep* thing is, since they're apparently "too young" to be charged the little buggers keep going with it.
Do you know how old Al Capone was when he first started pimping prostitutes? Youth gangs are not a new phenomenon, despite what you may believe.
And I can say withou a doubt that things weren't this bad a few years ago.
Even in the adult population. And one of them are going to stop since the cops can't do anything to stop them.
Do you have statistical evidence to back up your claims, or are you basing it on your subjective impressions of how the media reports things?
We human beings have this little problem called "rose-coloured glasses"; we tend to forget how bad the past was. When people talk about how youth and adult crime is getting worse, do they truly have an accurate recollection of what it used to be like? When do you think people like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Charles Manson operated? Last year? What about Al Capone's youth gangs? There has always been unspeakable brutality among human beings and delinquency among youths; the assertion that it's gotten much worse lately would be much more credible if it came with actual evidence attached.