published Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Tennessee needs no lessons in fighting: We’re No. 1 with a bullet


Violent crime in this list is defined as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The states were ranked with a sort to find the highest crime rates per 100,000 people in those crime categories.

1. Tennessee

2. Nevada

3. Alaska

4. New Mexico

5. South Carolina

6. Delaware

7. Louisiana

8. Florida

9. Maryland

10. Oklahoma

Source: 24/7 Wall Street, FBI crime statistics

Almost literally.

The FBI has released its latest statistics on violent crime in America and the dubious honor of most violent state belongs to — you guessed it — the Volunteer State.

Maybe we should blame it on the “Remember the Alamo” mentality. You’ll remember, Tennesseans were the first to go galloping off to help Texas.

That might have been romantic then, but Tuesday’s headline in countless papers worldwide was not.

Here’s one from as far away as the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom: “Fearful of violent crime? Don’t go to Tennessee, which tops the list of America’s most dangerous states.”

That’s a bit of a nightmare for the Tennessee chambers of commerce, huh?

The story adds insult to injury. “Where there is low income and low rates of education, there are higher rates of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, according to the numbers.”

The ranking doesn’t come from sheer number of those four crimes, but by a comparison of crime rates — the highest rates of violent crime per 100,000 residents.

Using the FBI numbers, an online financial news and opinion publication called 24/7 Wall Street made the spreadsheet comparisons. Here’s how we stacked up:

• Violent crimes per 100,000: 643.6.

• Poverty rate: 17.9 percent.

• Percent of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.3.

• Property crimes per 100,000: 3,371.4 (10th highest).

The state was among the top 10 in the country for murders and robberies and was first for aggravated assaults, with an estimated 479 for every 100,000 residents. Tennessee’s 41,550 violent crimes in 2012 were up 6.8 percent from 2011 but down 10 percent from 2007, when there were 46,380 violent crimes.

There were 388 murders in the state in 2012, up for a second straight year.

Tennessee’s violence is highest in Memphis, which rates as the nation’s fifth worst city for violent crime, while Nashville’s was the 18th worst. Like many states with high violent crime, poverty in Tennessee is acute, and high school and college graduation rates are lower than most of the country. (Chattanooga is not listed in the report.)

So, in addition to ramping up lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic, perhaps Tennessee schools might add some classes on anger management and conflict resolution.

Yes, those are big, long, four-syllable words. But perhaps they might get in the way of a flying fist or another bullet.

What have we got to lose but another black eye?

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conservative said...

The writer just repeats what numerous other mess media outlets have written.

No mention of the 70% out of wedlock birthrate of the black community, the AWOL fathers, the drug use, the dropout rate of black children in schools and gang membership to name some problem areas.

According to the FBI site the great majority of these crimes were committed in the ” Metropolitan Statistical Areas” i.e. the large cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga for instance. The large cities are the areas where Liberals, blacks and Hispanics tend to reside.

In 2009 there were 244 blacks murdered in Tennessee out of a total of 461 for ALL OTHER races. This is 53% of all murders and a high murder rate of 23.01 for blacks in Tennessee.

This site below cited black population at only 13 percent in America but 47% of all murder victims in America!

A CDC site I found said that between 1999-2007 the homicide rate in America for whites was just 2.7 and for Hispanics 7.6. For blacks a much larger 23.1 rate.

How come these facts were not brought up when Tennessee was billed as the most dangerous state to live in?

October 9, 2013 at 7 a.m.
moon4kat said...

conservative blames the whole problem on black people!?
What a biased and blindered view. He must know that there are many unwed mothers who are white, and a great many gun-toting AWOL fathers who also are white. We have social problems in this state, and blaming them all on race is not going to solve anything.

October 9, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Typical Sohn, and typical MoonKat. Nothing conservative mentioned blames all the problem on blacks. And Sohn ignores the primary source of the statistics, and also why those statistics are so prevalent in the black community. She also advocates throwing more money at the problem, again no surprise.

But we can just blame Whitey, instead.

October 9, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Black or white, it's a Tennessee problem.

October 10, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.
jesse said...

How can Ill. and Mich. NOT be in the top ten??

Kinda makes me wonder what data they used!!

October 12, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.
lightkeeper said...
<p>@conservative...conservative your ridiculous rantings and out of touch with reality perspectives is the very thing that gives the word conservative a despicable bad name. Your not a true conservative ,you are a ignorant backwooded hamilton County extreme teabagging racist bigot

October 13, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
conservative said...

Thank you for your rational and well thought out response.

You must have been first in your debating class.

Your intelligence is way beyond my little brain.

Who would have thought to call someone a racist to bolster your argument? That is so good!

Have you ever considered writing a book on how to construct a cogent argument for any position one may have?

October 13, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.
RShultz210 said...

Lightkeeper's comment seemed to have you pegged pretty well. Perhaps he is writing a book and you are one of his research subjects.

October 13, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

In case you're wondering TN is also #1 in the USA in babies born to drug addicted mothers. Looks like the East TN crowd is holding their own with 100 of the 600 births in Tennessee coming from just a 5 county area there. According to US Census statistics Washington County/Johnson City, the most populous county of the 5 is 93.7% white.

October 13, 2013 at 9:44 p.m.

Galatians 6:7... "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

Colossians 3:25..." But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons."

Romans 2..."...the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: 8 but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile..."

WOW! Go Figure...People getting what they deserve from The God of Balance, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. (Forgiveness requested produces the precious fruits of deserved 'GRACE')...Ken ORR

October 15, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
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